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Editorial: Head Start effort does need update


July 12, 2003 Governance and AccountabilityOutcomesState & Local

The program has brought needed intervention services to millions of low-income children since its creation in 1965. But a June report from the federal Department of Health and Human Services is damning about what the program is not doing to meet children’s needs today, when much more is known about the cognitive development of 3-…

Editorial: Smoke and Mirrors on Head Start


July 11, 2003 Economics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityState & Local

The House bill includes an experiment in which up to eight states would receive Head Start money in block grants subject to the governors’ control. The statute bars governors from moving state funds out of early childhood education but fails to mention federal funds.

Editorial: Reading as a civil right


July 11, 2003 Outcomes

The 38-year-old Head Start program, which serves nearly 1 million low-income children ages 3 to 4, has enjoyed a stellar reputation — some of which is even deserved. However, the fact is that there remains a significant “readiness gap” between Head Start graduates and their more affluent peers.

Some education programs in peril


July 9, 2003
Ed Anderson

AmeriCorps cuts would hurt La., Blanco says

Illinois boosts education funding by $384.5 million


July 9, 2003

The new budget increases spending on early childhood education by $30 million.

Bush Spells Out Head Start Changes


July 8, 2003 AssessmentGovernance and AccountabilityQuality and CurriculumState & Local
Amy Goldstein and Valerie Strauss

President Aims to Counter Criticism Of State Control, Testing Proposals

Bush Seeks Big Changes in Head Start, Drawing Criticism From Program’s Supporters


July 8, 2003 Governance and AccountabilityState & Local
Elisabeth Bumiller

President Bush called today for a major overhaul of Head Start, the popular Lyndon Johnson-era preschool program for poor children, that would add an academic focus to its traditional emphasis on health and nutrition and give some states the right to control its financing. Mr. Bush spoke in support of a bill in the House…

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.

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.

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.