A program for parents helps sustain learning gains in kids from Head Start to kindergarten. This instructional program for parents helps young children retain the literacy and behaviors promoted in Head Start through to the end of the kindergarten year, according to researchers funded by the National Institutes of Health.
The program was created to counteract what is called “Summer Loss”
“Head Start is a federal program designed to improve school readiness among children living in poverty. In the current study, researchers evaluated the Research Based, Developmentally Informed Parent (REDI-P) program which The problem of summer loss has long been known to affect children of all ages, but it is especially pronounced among children from disadvantaged backgrounds who are just starting school.”
The initiative is focused around home visits from counselors who provide parents with materials such as books and learning games, and coach them on how to use them. The materials reinforce the social and academic lessons, and preparations for kindergarten that the children learned in the Head Start classroom.