Reinventing 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:


Reinventing Head Start

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This chapter discusses the uncertainties faced by the Head Start program under the Nixon administration and the author's effort to improve Head Start. At the Office of Child Development (OCD), the changes he was making to Head Start were referred to as the improvement and innovation agenda. The need to improve Head Start was obvious, but why innovation? The impetus for his decision to experiment came from many sources. When Head Start began, it had the excitement and fervor that comes with a brand new endeavor; but complacency set in after it had been operating for a few years.

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

Chapter.  14288 words. 

Subjects: Developmental Psychology

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