ERIC Number: ED474783
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Reference Count: N/A
National Head Start Association Position Paper: Why Conservatives Should Support Head Start.
Allen, Ben; Greene, Sarah; McGrady, Michael; Boel, Bridget; Ryan, Joel; Whitehead, Diane; Smith, Angela; Kane, Elizabeth; Qualls, Brocklin; Wahid, Kahree
Head Start is a comprehensive federal preschool program, serving children prenatal through age 5 and their families with the overall goal of increasing the school readiness of young children in low-income families. Noting that the program has typically garnered strong support from political liberals and moderates, this position paper of the National Head Start Association asserts that the program has several features that should appeal to political conservatives. The paper argues that Head Start programs operate locally, promote the family, emphasize literacy, yield a significant return-on-investment for American taxpayers and society, reduce criminal behavior, and encourage volunteerism. Finally, the position paper claims that these features are seriously jeopardized under the Bush Administrations budget proposal. (Contains 22 endnotes.) (KB)
Descriptors: Budgets, Conservatism, Federal Programs, Organizations (Groups), Position Papers, Preschool Education, Professional Associations
National Head Start Association, 1651 Prince Street, Alexandria, VA 22314. Tel: 703-739-0875; Fax: 703-739-0878; Web site: http://www.nhsa.org. For full text: http://www.nhsa.org/research/pdf-doc/positionpaper1.pdf.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Head Start Association, Alexandria, VA.