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Head Start, the largest federally funded program for children under 5, has been around for nearly 45 years. Given the Obama Administration's interest in using federal funding to support young children, one might think that Head Start was poised to enter one of its most expansive periods ever. But there are several huge unanswered questions about Head Start's future -- from how it should be coordinated with state-funded pre-K programs to whether it should put even more of its energies toward serving children younger than 3.
Our seven-part blog series explains how Head Start has changed over the years and considers where it may be headed. It is also available as a downloadable PDF, which includes the transcript from a public web chat on this topic hosted by Politico.com.
So what exactly Is PreK-3rd? Learn more in this short video (7 min) that makes the case for comprehensive reforms that begin with high-quality early childhood education programs and build on the benefits of those programs through the elementary school years and beyond.
New America Blogs
PreK-3rd: What Is The Price Tag? by Rima Shore
Promoting a Pre-K to Three Vision for Early Learning, The State Education Standard
Building Blocks, by Gene I. Maeroff
Policy and Research
- Center for the Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning
- Chicago Longitudinal Study
- U.S. Department of Education
- Foundation for Child Development
- Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute
- HighScope Educational Research Foundation
- Institute for Education Sciences
- National Association for the Education of YoungChildren
- National Early Childhood Accountability Task Force
- National Head Start Association
- National Institute for Early Education Research
- Office of Head Start
- Office of Planning, Research & Evaluation at ACF in HHS
- Research Connections
- Society for Research in Child Development
The Head Start Series in PDF
Many thanks to everyone who has provided comments on our seven-part series on Head Start and to those of you who participated in our web chat on Tuesday.
For your convenience, we've combined all of the posts plus the chat transcript into a PDF document for easy reading. Keep the feedback coming!