What are the Effects of a Two-Generation Human Capital Program on Children's Attendance & Chronic Absence in Head Start?

Brief III: One-Semester Effects of CareerAdvance on Child Attendance and Chronic Absence in Head Start

The current brief explores the effect of a two-generation human capital intervention, CareerAdvance, on children’s outcomes. CareerAdvance, developed and run by the Community Action Project of Tulsa County (CAP Tulsa), is a healthcare training program designed for parents of children enrolled in CAP’s Head Start programs. Past evaluations found that CareerAdvance was associated with improved parent education, employment in the healthcare sector, and psychological well-being after one year. The central question of this brief is whether there are added (or negative) effects on children as parents advance their own educational goals, adjacent to the positive effects of a high quality Head Start program.