ERIC Number: ED061355
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1971-Sep-4
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Children's Needs in the 70's: A Federal Perspective.
A national indifference to children is indicated by the system of foster child care and by the treatment of mental retardates. Another manifestation is the attack on Head Start. Criticism based on the program's failure to raise standardized intelligence or aptitude scores is misplaced. Head Start is a broad developmental program having many components. Approximately 40 percent of children coming to Head Start centers have an identifiable physical defect. Over 75 percent have had their defects treated. The author asserts he is proud to have been one of the architects of Head Start, for which was enunciated the principle of parent participation. Through such participation, one sees parents getting a new sense of dignity and a new sense of being able to control their own destiny and that of their children. In 58 communities where Head Start was available, it changed their health and education delivery system. Head Start is directed toward improving the social competence of the child, rather than toward massive IQ changes. The children's centers of the seventies should provide both a variety of services for children on a full-day rather than half-day basis, and the means for mixing children of different socio-economic groups. [Due to the quality of the original, this document will not be clearly legible.] (Author/JM)
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Authoring Institution: Office of Child Development (DHEW), Washington, DC.