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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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Does Head Start Work? Does it Work Enough?

Does Head Start Work? Does it Work Enough?

(p.315) Chapter 13 Does Head Start Work? Does it Work Enough?
The Hidden History of Head Start

Edward Zigler

Sally J. Styfco

Oxford University Press

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

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