Saturday, June 11, 2005

The Head Start Program: Good News Bad News

More than 900,000 children from low-income families are enrolled in Head Start, a program that spends about $6.7 billion annually preparing them for kindergarten. A just-released study of the federally-funded program has some interesting results. Generally, there were some modest gains in reading, but not in math. From the Executive Summary:

  • There are small to moderate statistically significant positive impacts for both 3-and 4-year-old children on several measures across four of the six cognitive constructs, including pre-reading, pre-writing, vocabulary, and parent reports of children’s literacy skills.

  • No significant impacts were found for the constructs oral comprehension and phonological awareness or early mathematics skills for either age group.

Read the entire report right here.

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