ERIC Number: ED319500
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-May
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Head Start: The Nation's Pride, A Nation's Challenge. Recommendations for Head Start in the 1990's. The Report of the Silver Ribbon Panel.
In the fall of 1989, the National Head Start Association convened a panel of distinguished advisors in an effort to develop recommendations for the future of Head Start. The panel met for 6 months to hear expert opinion and discuss task force reports and relevant policy documents. Over 70 witnesses testified at three hearings held in Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Georgia, and Phoenix, Arizona. More than 1,400 Head Start parents and staff responded to an open-ended survey on program success and future issues. Numerous national organizations provided material and input to the panel's deliberations. This report reflects the issues expressed by those who lent their voices to the effort. Introductory sections of the report are followed by three chapters, which discuss: (1) the program's history, background, and achievements; (2) the challenging new social context facing Head Start and its implications for the program; and (3) recommendations for expanding the program to meet the needs of low-income children and families. Recommendations call for policymakers to build on the strength of Head Start, renew Head Start's leadership role in providing high quality comprehensive services, and expand in a way that meets the needs of children, families, and communities. Concluding remarks state principles for financing and supporting the program. A total of 64 references are cited. (RH)
Descriptors: Compensatory Education, Educational Quality, Financial Support, Guidelines, Leadership, Outcomes of Education, Poverty, Preschool Education, Program Development, Program Effectiveness, Social Change
National Headstart Association, 1220 King Street, Suite 200, Alexandria, VA 22314 ($6.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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