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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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The Predawn of Head Start

The Predawn of Head Start

Beginnings of Early Childhood Intervention

(p.3) Chapter 1 The Predawn of Head Start
The Hidden History of Head Start

Edward Zigler

Sally J. Styfco

Oxford University Press

This chapter considers the elements of the philosophy underlying Head Start's conception and design. Efforts to help poor children's early learning can be traced back at least to the 17th century and Comenius's “school of the mother's knee”. In the early 19th century when the industrial revolution got underway, British social reformers established infant schools for disadvantaged young children in factory towns and large cities. Experimental interventions in America, and the planning of the Head Start program are discussed.

Keywords:   poor children, preschool children, intervention programs, education programs, Head Start

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