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ERIC Number: ED480378
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Sep-13
Pages: 5
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
The Battle Over Head Start: What the Research Shows. NIEER Working Papers.
Barnett, W. Steven
As a comprehensive child development program, Head Start provides education, health, nutrition, and social services to children and their families through direct services or referrals. Nearly four decades of research establish that Head Start delivers the intended services and improves the lives and development of the children and families it serves. Despite these successes, questions continue to be raised about the extent to which Head Start produces lasting educational benefits. Many have been persuaded that Head Start produces no lasting academic benefits for children, but a careful review of the research yields a different conclusion. Among the findings, research indicates that: (1) the notion of Head Start "fade-out," that is the temporary nature of the beneficial effects, is largely a myth; (2) Head Start's effects are reasonable given its budget, but there is room for improvement; and (3) Head Start teachers should meet higher qualification standards and be better paid. (HTH)
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: Pew Charitable Trusts, Philadelphia, PA.
Authoring Institution: N/A