The specific research questions examined in this study were: 1.
How does the Early Beginnings Head Start program support families in understanding early childhood development in the areas of language and literacy development? What family support models does the Early Beginnings Head Start program use to assist families in early childhood development, specifically in language and literacy skills? How are parents and families utilizing these strategies at home?
Children typically mirror their parents’ beliefs and actions. Many schools understand the importance of parental involvement, but struggle to find the time, resources, and activities to involve parents.
Therefore, if a parent does not see the value in education, does not know what is being taught, and does not respect the school, administrators, or teachers, the child is likely to mirror those behaviors and attitudes. Oftentimes, urban areas contain families that have unique obstacles that prevent such involvement.
There was also gains in the benchmark scores over the course of the study.
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