Head Start program relies on a healthy staff to achieve its goal of
improving school readiness for children in poverty, but many of the
staff working in Pennsylvania's Head Start programs report poor physical
and mental health. In an article published yesterday in the CDC's
journal, Preventing Chronic Disease,
Child Trends' Rachel Gooze, along with Temple University colleagues
Robert Whitaker and others, describes physical and mental health
conditions from an anonymous online survey of over 2,100 women working
in Pennsylvania Head Start programs. The authors note the need for a
compassionate response and constructive approaches to improving staff
wellness for these adults, especially considering their low wages and
the stressful nature of working with children and families in poverty.
each all-too-common school shooting, violent classroom episode, or
student suicide, there is talk about resilience in schools. Why is it
that some students bounce back from adversity and others do not? In our
latest blog post, we look at the components of resilience, strategies
that build resilience in schools, and strategies to help students
recover from a traumatic event.
adolescents with a special health care need, nearly one-third missed
seven or more days of school in the previous year. Among parents of
adolescents with a special health care need, more than one-quarter
incurred more than $1,000 annually in out-of-pocket expenses connected
with their child's care. Read our latest brief on adolescent health.
qualitative study finds that low-income parents' expectations for child
care are lower than most professional standards. This study, conducted
by Child Trends' Nicole Forry and others, and published in the Journal of Children and Poverty,
also found strong alignment, for the most part, between parents'
definitions of high-quality care and their priorities for their most
recent child care search. Parents focused less on structured learning
opportunities when discussing child care priorities and more on
practical features of care. Findings from this study could be used to
inform marketing and design of consumer education campaigns, QRIS, and