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ERIC Number: EJ834010
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Mar
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 97
ISSN: ISSN-1524-0754
Block Grant Head Start? Devolution's Potential Negative Impact on Children and Families
Mallett, Christopher A.; Allen, Benjamin L.
NHSA Dialog, v8 n1 p135-153 Mar 2005
The "new federalism" paradigm offers an explanation why the federal government has devolved much of its administration of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF, formerly AFDC) and Medicaid (through managed care) programs. A review of child and family outcomes data resulting from these devolutionary changes in TANF and Medicaid indicates that these devolutionary changes generally appear to have decreased access to medical coverage, decreased well-being out-comes, decreased cognitive development, increased behavioral and emotional difficulties, and increased the incidence of poor health for children and families. If the "new federalism" paradigm is extended to the Head Start program by block granting it to the states, children and their families served by Head Start are in potential jeopardy of suffering similar fates. This strong possibility should make policy makers very cautious about devolving or block granting the Head Start program to the states. (Contains 2 tables and 23 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Aid to Families with Dependent Children; Temporary Assistance for Needy Families