Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Head Start doesn't work

"Head Start, the flagship federal education program for low-income preschoolers, doesn’t work," Cato Institute scholar Andrew J. Coulson writes ("U.S. Government: Our 'Head Start' Program Doesn't Work").
That is the conclusion of yet another high quality, large-scale randomized experiment commissioned by the Department of Health and Human Services, which runs the program.

Like an earlier study that found no lasting benefit to Head Start by the end of the 1st grade, this new study confirms no lasting benefit by the end of the 3rd grade—after an investment of 47 years and about $200 billion.

"If the federal government continues to fund Head Start," adds Heritage Foundation fellow Lindsey Burke, "states should be allowed to make those dollars portable, enabling students to attend an early education provider with great teachers that meets their learning needs."

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