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The Hidden History of Head Start

Edward Zigler and Sally J. Styfco

Published in print April 2010 | ISBN: 9780195393767
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199776993 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195393767.001.0001

Series: DEVELOPMENT AT RISK SERIES

The Hidden History of Head Start

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Currently enrolling approximately 900,000 poor children each year, Head Start has served 25 million children and their families since it was established 43 years ago. Presidents and policymakers have embraced and scorned it. At times, scientists have misguided it and the media has misunderstood it. Despite its longevity and renown, much of Head Start's story has never been disclosed to the general public. This book gives a detailed account of the remarkable program, surveying projects that were forerunners of Head Start, its birth during the Johnson administration, its fate during the presidency of George W. Bush, and the many years between; as well as what the future may hold in store for it. The authors offer an inside view of the program's decades of service, detailing the ever-changing waves of politics, ideology, science, media interest, and public mood, which oftentimes threatened the program's very existence. Providing a balanced assessment of Head Start's effectiveness, which has been a matter of debate since its inception, this study strives to answer questions that continue to pervade discussions about the program and its future. For example, why is Head Start, a leader of early childhood services, still struggling to prove itself? Why does it serve such a narrow segment of the population? And how can Head Start continue its mission, as universal pre-school becomes a reality?

Keywords: Head Start; President Johnson; George W. Bush; childhood services; pre-school; US education system

Book.  400 pages. 

Subjects: Developmental Psychology

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The Predawn of Head Start in The Hidden History of Head Start

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The Two Roots of Head Start in The Hidden History of Head Start

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Head Start’s Early Years in The Hidden History of Head Start

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A Conflict of Cultures in The Hidden History of Head Start

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Reinventing Head Start in The Hidden History of Head Start

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The Failed Union of Head Start and Child Care in The Hidden History of Head Start

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Coaxing Science to the Rescue in The Hidden History of Head Start

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Ronald Reagan “Saves” Head Start in The Hidden History of Head Start

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George H. W. Bush, the “Education President” in The Hidden History of Head Start

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