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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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Reinventing Head Start

Reinventing Head Start

(p.119) Chapter 5 Reinventing Head Start
The Hidden History of Head Start

Edward Zigler

Sally J. Styfco

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the uncertainties faced by the Head Start program under the Nixon administration and the author's effort to improve Head Start. At the Office of Child Development (OCD), the changes he was making to Head Start were referred to as the improvement and innovation agenda. The need to improve Head Start was obvious, but why innovation? The impetus for his decision to experiment came from many sources. When Head Start began, it had the excitement and fervor that comes with a brand new endeavor; but complacency set in after it had been operating for a few years.

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

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