ERIC Number: ED475602
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Head Start Reauthorization: Questions and Answers.
Children's Defense Fund, Washington, DC.
In view of the pending reauthorization of Head Start in 2003, this paper presents information on the effectiveness of Head Start, alternatives to Head Start, program funding, performance standards, and other issues germane to its reauthorization. Topics considered in the question-and-answer format of the report are: (1) Head Start benefits for children; (2) changes in the program; (3) state prekindergarten programs; (4) program funding; (5) coordination of services for preschool children; (6) the need for comprehensive services for Head Start children; (7) literacy needs; (8) parents views of the program; (9) teacher qualifications; (10) student assessment and current accountability measures; (11) enrollment; (12) benefits of Early Head Start; and (13) program improvement. The report closes with recommendations for Congressional priorities when the program is reauthorized, including moving toward full funding of Head Start over the next 5 years, expanding Early Head Start, further improving the quality of Head Start, preserving the focus on comprehensive services, providing additional flexibility to local programs, and addressing in an open forum proposed Head Start changes regarding a national assessment. (Contains 20 endnotes.) (KB)
Descriptors: Accountability, Agency Cooperation, Disadvantaged Youth, Enrollment, Federal Legislation, Federal Programs, Financial Support, Outcomes of Education, Preschool Children, Preschool Education, Program Descriptions, Program Effectiveness, Student Evaluation
Children's Defense Fund, 25 E Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001. Tel: 202-662-3590; Fax: 202-662-3530; Web site: http://www.childrensdefense.org.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Community; Policymakers
Authoring Institution: Children's Defense Fund, Washington, DC.