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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 Two Roots of Head Start

The Two Roots of Head Start

(p.25) Chapter 2 The Two Roots of Head Start
The Hidden History of Head Start

Edward Zigler

Sally J. Styfco

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on the planning of the Head Start program. To the planners, the purpose of Head Start was optimal child development, resulting in improved school readiness. The Community Action people viewed better performance by a Head Start child not as an end in itself but as a means to a much larger end. It was an opportunity to hire parents and locals to improve their financial situation. More important, Head Start would confront and change the system so that all poor children and adults would experience a better quality of life.

Keywords:   poor children, pre-school children, intervention programs, education programs, Community Action Program

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