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Editorial: Starting Faster

July 7, 2003 Economics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityQuality and CurriculumState & Local

Head Start, the venerable preschool program for low-income children, is due for reauthorization, and debate about reform has already begun in Congress. [M]ost of what Head Start really needs — higher academic standards, better-educated teachers and the ability to reach more children — will cost more, not less.

Advocates pushing to keep Head Start

July 6, 2003
Jacob Santini

Debate over the nearly 40-year-old Head Start comes as federal lawmakers prepare to reauthorize the $6.5 billion program.

Opinion: Hatch leading way to improve child-care assistance

July 6, 2003 Economics and FinanceOutcomes
Rick Dinse

Child care is a good investment. Rutgers University economist Steven Barnett estimated that one quality preschool program in Michigan produced nearly $150,000 per child in savings from reduced crime.

House Bill Would Leave 3 of 4 Hispanic Children Behind

July 3, 2003 English Language LearnersGovernance and AccountabilityState & Local

Nearly three-quarters of a million at-risk Hispanic children in California, Texas, Arizona and the rest of the United States would be left unserved by the successful Head Start program under a controversial U.S. House bill that may come to a vote shortly after the July 4th holiday weekend, according to national and state-level Head Start…

Opinion: Cuts Hurt Kids Most, But We’ll All Pay Later

July 3, 2003 Economics and FinanceOutcomes

Investing in Early Childhood Education Would Promote Learning and Save Taxpayer Money in the Long Run

Reading program gets ax

July 2, 2003
Ryan Davis

Gov. Mitt Romney cut the entire allocation for Reading Recovery, a move one local educaiton official called a “huge blow to western Massachusetts.”

Tests planned for some in Head Start

July 2, 2003 Assessment
Bruce Alpert

Administrators wary of effect on other goals

Even peekaboo helps kids learn

July 1, 2003
Wendy Wendland-Bowyer

Task force's findings may shape state policy

Opinion: Can Bush Touch an Untouchable Federal Program?

July 1, 2003 Governance and AccountabilityState & Local
Andrew Ferguson

Reform Head Start? You might as well patch the crack in the Liberty Bell.

Fed fund plan may stop Head Start

June 30, 2003
Allison Farrell, IR State Bureau

A proposed pilot project has Head Start directors worried the Bush Administration will put the federal pre-kindergarten program in the hands of the state government.