Head Start REDI
Blueprints Program Rating: Promising
An enrichment intervention integrated into the existing framework of Head Start programs using the High/Scope or Creative Curriculum.
The major costs for establishing REDI are in the first year, when the curriculum is purchased and initial training takes place. Thereafter, the major resource needed to maintain the program is a commitment from teachers and administrators to implement it consistently and with fidelity. When local administrators are trained as REDI coaches, it increases the likelihood that a program will sustain REDI with high fidelity over time. Hence, funding needs are primarily for the initial year of program implementation.
Improving the Use of Existing Public Funds
Opportunities may arise through federal or state funding to support the initiation of the REDI program in Head Start, private preschools or child-care centers, or public school pre-kindergartens. Recent new initiatives have devoted public funds to the expansion and enrichment of early learning and prekindergarten programs, emphasizing the implementation of evidence-based programs. REDI is evidence-based and has documented long-term effects through third grade, and hence is competitive for this kind of funding. Likely sources include the Department of Education and SAMSHA (Department of Health and Human Services).
Medicaid Funding is not applicable to REDI.
Allocating State or Local General Funds
State and local funds may be allocated to purchase the initial training and curriculum. State departments of education or health may also allocate state funds toward evidence-based early learning programs and administer them to school districts or local administrative units competitively or through formula.
Foundation Grants and Public-Private Partnerships
Because program costs are primarily a “one time” expense, foundations and public-private partnerships are potential funders. They may fund the initial curriculum purchase and training if programs commit to on-going implementation support.