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The Hidden History of Head Start$
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Edward Zigler and Sally J. Styfco

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195393767

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195393767.001.0001

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Head Start’s Golden Years under the Clinton Administration

Head Start’s Golden Years under the Clinton Administration

(p.257) Chapter 11 Head Start’s Golden Years under the Clinton Administration
The Hidden History of Head Start

Edward Zigler

Sally J. Styfco

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the status of the Head Start program under the Clinton administration. President Clinton was just as strong a supporter of Head Start at the end of his administration as he was at the beginning. The president stood his ground on Head Start until the very end. His last budget agreement with Congress included an increase of $1 billion for Head Start (bringing funding up to $6.2 billion). As praiseworthy as this was, this amount would still fall far short of Clinton's promise that the program would have the funds to serve every eligible child. Regardless of whether his goals were too lofty or Congress not co-operative enough, the Head Start community continues to look back on the Clinton years as the golden age of Head Start.

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

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