Opinion: Does Head Start Work for Kids? The Bottom Line


Head Start, the most important education program for 3- and 4-year-olds in the country, is in the news again, not only because there are concerns about how many children will be negatively impacted as a result of federal budget cuts in the sequestration process but also because of the U.S. Education Department’s new emphasis on early childhood education. There’s a lot of misinformation out there about the impact of Head Start on young children. (If you were watching “Morning Joe” today on MSNBC, you heard commentator Joe Klein incorrectly say that Head Start doesn’t work at all.) So here’s a piece on the real impact of Head Start, by an early childhood expert, W. Steven Barnett, who is director of the National Institute for Early Education Research at Rutgers University.


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