This report highlights 23 programs that received grants from the Early Head Start/Child Welfare Services (EHS/CWS) Initiative, a joint effort established in 2002 by the Office of Head Start and the Children's Bureau, Administration on Children, Youth, and Families (ACYF). The overall purpose of the EHS/CWS Initiative was to enhance and expand the service network for families involved in the child welfare service system and provide more intensive supplemental services in local communities to benefit children at risk of or experiencing maltreatment or out-of-home placement. The Initiative was built on the assumption that intensive collaboration and coordination between EHS programs and local CWS agencies would provide some of the most vulnerable children and families with access to child development, parenting, health, and family support services offered through EHS. Findings from the initiative indicate the EHS grantees delivered enhanced EHS/CWS services through one of the following basic program options: center-based models, home-based models, and mixed or combination models. In addition, a majority of grantees provided most or all of a set of core services, including development of Family Partnership Agreements; home visits; parent education and training activities; family socialization activities; medical, dental, and developmental screenings and assessments; and medical and mental health services and referrals. This report summarizes each of the 23 programs, including its history, target population, service model, key outcomes of interest, outputs, and major short- and long-term outcome findings. (Author abstract modified)
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Early Head Start -- Child Welfare Services Initiative: Final Synthesis Report: Volume II, Compendium of Grantee-Specific Findings.