Poster: "Understanding Uptake of Services by Families: Demographic Contributors to Service Utilization in Head Start"
Event: 2018 School of Education Research Poster Celebration
Date: Friday, September 28, 2018
Time: 3:30-5:00 pm
Location: School of Education Courtyard
Presenter: Melissa Dahlin
Poster Title: "Understanding Uptake of Services by Families: Demographic Contributors to Service Utilization in Head Start"
Poster Advisors: Jade Jenkins, Stephanie Reich
As a comprehensive program, Head Start offers a variety of services to low-income families with young children. Yet not all families utilize these services. Using four years of administrative data from a large, urban Head Start program (approximately 6000 families), I examine the family characteristics (e.g., risk, English proficiency) that predict uptake of immediate necessity services (e.g., food, shelter) and less urgent services (e.g., employment training, parent education). I also test whether families with specific needs (e.g., homelessness, unemployment) receive the services that best match their needs (e.g., housing, employment training). Understanding service uptake will enable Head Start programs to strategically offer services to families most likely to use them, and to identify ways to promote uptake of underutilized services.