Does Head Start Work? Does it Work Enough?

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:


Does Head Start Work? Does it Work Enough?

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This chapter reviews the performance of the Head Start program. It argues that based on the criteria of eradicating poverty or eliminating the achievement gap, Head Start is clearly a failure. Judged by changes in the risk profiles and attainments of the children and families it has served, maybe not. Like all programs that receive taxpayers' hard-earned money, Head Start must be held accountable. A lack of clarity over exactly what it should be held accountable for has allowed the controversy over whether the program works or not to rage without answer, even after all these years.

Keywords: poor children; pre-school children; intervention programs; education programs; Head Start; education policy

Chapter.  7719 words. 

Subjects: Developmental Psychology

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