ERIC Number: ED477437
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Reference Count: N/A
Broken Promises: How the Bush Administration is Failing America's Children [with] Executive Summary.
Children's Defense Fund, Washington, DC.
Asserting that President Bush's proposal to shift responsibility for Head Start to the states would allow the federal government to abandon its promise to truly give children a head start, this report, with accompanying executive summary, outlines what is known about children receiving Head Start services and how the program addresses their needs. Part 1 of the report highlights Head Start comprehensive services related to health and nutrition, family services, educational skills, special needs children, and parent involvement, and presents research data and vignettes to describe what those services mean to children and families. This part also discusses how Head Start supports and builds upon community assets and fits into other efforts to improve children's early learning experiences. Part 2 of the report describes states' current struggles to deliver quality early childhood services within a context of substantial state budget deficits. This part argues that states have not demonstrated a commitment to comprehensive standards; do not have a record of providing health, social, and emotional supports to children and families; and fall short in supporting teacher credentials and training. Further, this part asserts that the Bush Administration's proposal to move Head Start from a federal-to-local, community-based program to a state-controlled program: (1) fails to improve the program within its existing structure; (2) removes essential quality guarantees, including extensive performance standards, and regular, on-site monitoring; (3) creates a new, unnecessary level of bureaucracy; and (4) provides insufficient funding. The report concludes by reiterating that instead of taking the nation forward, the Bush proposal exemplifies an abandonment of helping the nation's poorest children get ready for school and gives states the responsibility without the resources necessary to do the job. A state-by-state listing of child care funding cuts and new eligibility restrictions are appended. (Contains 107 endnotes.) (KB)
Descriptors: Budgets, Childhood Needs, Children, Client Characteristics (Human Services), Educational Quality, Federal Legislation, Participant Characteristics, Poverty, Program Descriptions, Public Policy
Children's Defense Fund, 25 E Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001. Tel: 202-628-8787; Fax: 202-662-3781; Web site: http://www.childrensdefense.org. For full text: http://www.childrensdefense.org/pdf/broken_promises.pdf. For full text of the executive summary: http://www.childrensdefense.org/pdf/broken_promises_summary.pdf.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Children's Defense Fund, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey