ERIC Number: ED028826
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1967
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Project Head Start: Evaluation and Research Summary 1965-1967.
Office of Economic Opportunity, Washington, DC.
Project Head Start has as its goal the improvement of the child's physical health, intellectual performance, social attitudes, and sense of self. The project involves over half a million children each year, including children in both summer and yearlong programs. About 40 percent of Head Start pupils are Negro, about 30 percent are white, and the others come from other racial backgrounds. These children come from economically or culturally disadvantaged homes. Head Start children (although they perform more poorly on academic tasks and tests than their middle class peers) perform significantly better than low income children who do not participate in Head Start. This improvement in performance by Head Start pupils has been attributed to (1) partial middle class acculturation, (2) the higher quality of the educational program, (3) the warmth and competency of teachers, and (4) increased parental interest in the child's development. There remain questions about the endurance of the gains made by Head Start children and about the relative merits of the short summer program compared to the yearlong program. (WD)
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Authoring Institution: Office of Economic Opportunity, Washington, DC.