ERIC Number: ED365458
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Aug-20
Reference Count: N/A
Reshaping Early Childhood Intervention To Be a More Effective Weapon against Poverty.
Despite 30 years of anti-poverty programs in the United States, poverty in the United States has intensified. One such program, Head Start, demonstrated that it is possible to enhance the educational outcomes of poor children. Updated and improved, Head Start has the potential to become a more successful weapon against poverty. Inadequate funding, quality problems and lack of socioeconomic integration have plagued Head Start since its inception, sometimes reducing in practice the effectiveness of an otherwise sound concept. Head Start needs to be improved in numerous ways, through increased funding, year-round programs with longer hours, more parent participation, and, most of all, the extension of Head Start past the preschool years and into the elementary and middle grades. The most efficient and effective way to accomplish this last goal is to revamp and integrate the federal Chapter 1 Program, designed to improve academic achievement among economically and educationally deprived children from preschool to high school, into Head Start, focusing on preventive, comprehensive, parent-orientated services. (MDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Elementary Secondary Education Act Title I; Long Term Effects; Project Head Start
Note: Speech delivered at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (101st, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, August 20-24, 1993).