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ERIC Number: ED025379
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Apr
Pages: 16
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Reference Count: 0
Waco Head Start Program.
Porter, Para
The Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 led to the formation of three separate Head Start Programs in Waco, Texas. The first year, 1,500 children were involved. Of these, 40 percent were Negro, 30 percent Latin American, and 30 percent white. All teachers received a week of preparatory study at the University of Texas. The program involved four areas of concentration--(1) health services, (2) two meals daily, (3) education emphasizing discovery and experimentation, (4) parental involvement and social services. The educational program ranged from planned and spontaneous dramatic play and field trips to social studies and math. The children were encouraged to talk about their work or play throughout the day. Parents were invited to participate in school activities, about 85 percent of the parents attended open house. The success of the Head Start Programs led to the establishment of day care centers for 3 to 5 year-old-children. Head Start made the curriculum of the first and second grades in the Waco Public Schools more flexible, especially in the area of discovery and experimentation. (WL)
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Note: Paper presented at International Reading Association conference, Boston, Mass., April 24-27, 1968.