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ERIC Number: EJ911220
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jan
Pages: 29
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 65
ISSN: ISSN-0895-9048
The Federal Role in Early Childhood Education: Evolution in the Goals, Governance, and Policy Instruments of Project Head Start
Kalifeh, Phyllis; Cohen-Vogel, Lora; Grass, Saralyn
Educational Policy, v25 n1 p36-64 Jan 2011
The authors analyze bills, congressional records, agency reports, and newspaper articles to trace the evolution of Project Head Start, by far the nation's largest federal early childhood program, beginning with the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964. Their analysis is organized around the policy goals embedded in the program and the governance structures and policy instruments designed to achieve those goals. Findings reveal that the life of Head Start has been marked by periods of policy expansion and relative stasis. Expansion has occurred most notably in the policy instruments through which services have been delivered while stasis has characterized program governance. (Contains 1 table, 1 figure and 4 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Economic Opportunity Act 1964