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ERIC Number: ED540208
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jan-10
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
Head Start Impact Evaluation Report Finally Released. Issue Brief No. 3823
Burke, Lindsey M.; Muhlhausen, David B.
Heritage Foundation
In 2008, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) completed data collection for its third-grade follow-up study of Head Start, a federal preschool program designed to improve the kindergarten readiness of low-income children. Four years later, just before Christmas, the agency finally published the results of the congressionally mandated evaluation. Since 1965, taxpayers have spent more than $180 billion on Head Start. Yet, over the decades, this Great Society relic has failed to improve academic outcomes for the children it was designed to help. The third-grade follow-up evaluation is the latest in a growing body of evidence that should urge policymakers to seriously consider Head Start's future. HHS has released definitive evidence that the federal government's 48-year experiment with Head Start has failed children and left taxpayers a tab of more than $180 billion. In the interest of children and taxpayers, it's time for this nearly half-century experiment to come to an end. "If" the federal government continues to fund Head Start, policymakers should allow states to make their Head Start dollars portable, following children to a private preschool provider of choice. (Contains 17 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 3; Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Heritage Foundation