An Immigrant Community Takes Actions Against Drug Addiction

Free to Grow: Head Start Partnerships to Promote Substance-Free Communities

The Head Start program in Fort George Community Enrichment Center in the Washington Heights section of New York City developed Project Right Start, a family and community-strengthening model that prepares parents to participate actively in community efforts to address substance abuse and related issues.

It was a project under the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's (RWJF) national program, Free to Grow: Head Start Partnerships to Promote Substance-Free Communities.

Evaluation Findings

  • According to the Free to Grow program's evaluators from Mathematica Policy Research:

    • While Project Right Start is a promising model for substance abuse prevention, numerous challenges kept the project from being fully implemented or achieving long-term sustainability, including the project's failure to connect parents to civic leadership roles in the community.