The Predawn of Head Start

Edward Zigler and Sally J. Styfco

in The Hidden History of Head Start

Published in print April 2010 | ISBN: 9780195393767
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199776993 | DOI:


The Predawn of Head Start

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This chapter considers the elements of the philosophy underlying Head Start's conception and design. Efforts to help poor children's early learning can be traced back at least to the 17th century and Comenius's “school of the mother's knee”. In the early 19th century when the industrial revolution got underway, British social reformers established infant schools for disadvantaged young children in factory towns and large cities. Experimental interventions in America, and the planning of the Head Start program are discussed.

Keywords: poor children; preschool children; intervention programs; education programs; Head Start

Chapter.  9472 words. 

Subjects: Developmental Psychology

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