We have designed a live report and web app for gathering, displaying and analyzing demographic data that is critical for Head Start programs in their enrollment planning process. We call the resulting report a Demographic Study for a Head Start service area.
With the upcoming release of 2013 5-Year ACS data we are offering free sample reports using 2012 data for your service area. This analytic tool breaks down publicly available data from the US Census Bureau and PIR data from the Head Start Enterprise System. Why is this information important? The American Community Survey (produced by the US Census Bureau) is one of the primary tools used for estimating the number of 0-5 year olds and the poverty rate for families in any given service area; but the process of compiling data for a service area can be time consuming and difficult. This tool breaks down the data by Zip Code and by service area as a whole and emphasizes the most important pieces of information that are critical to Head Start programs:
- Changes in the poverty rate for families with children under the age of 5
- Population shifts as a whole, and population shifts for children under the age of 5
- The estimated number of Head Start eligible children based on the poverty rate and population
- A geographic breakdown of where these children are in relation to center locations
- Total cumulative enrollment from one year to the next compared to the estimated eligible population
- Total funded enrollment from one year to the next compared to the estimated eligible population
This information reveals under served populations and regions within a service area that are potentially over saturated with Head Start services. With this analytic report, a program can focus on analysis and planning rather than data gathering and report writing. This information can lead to further investigation, planning and analysis in the service area, using more publicly available data as well as internal data (from the program’s Community Assessment, for instance.) Further analysis, research, and planning could include:
- Investigation of an increasing or decreasing poverty rate
- Responding to shifts in the population; more centers in new locations? more transportation? Home base services?
- Planning for structural change in the program such as a shift in operating hours or program options.
- Discovery of under served populations and the need for an increase in funded available Head Start slots
- Collaboration with state funded preschools to address gaps in the service area and regions that are over saturated with services
This process has been used with more than a dozen chronically under enrolled programs across the country and has led directly to changes in program options, expansion of services to families in under served areas and redefining of service area boundaries.
Contact us if you would like us to receive your program’s free sample report with 2012 data or inquire about the full report including 2010-2013 data.
Sample Reports with 2012 Data: