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After 50 Years, Head Start Struggles with Uneven Quality

NPR For more than 50 years, Head Start has provided free early childhood education and other services to low-income families. But new national research, out Wednesday, shows great variation from state to state in how well the program works. The study comes from the National Institute for Early Education Research, and it examined Head Start […]

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Early childhood education pays big dividends, study says

EdSource Providing poor children with high-quality early childhood education – from birth through age 5 – results in adults who are healthier, earning higher incomes and less involved in crime, according to a new study that followed participants for 35 years. The study showed a positive impact especially on boys and their families. Described by […]

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Why Doesn’t Public School Start at Birth?

The Atlantic The rate of return on a good early-childhood program is about 13 percent, according to a new analysis from the labor economist and Nobel laureate James Heckman, who directs the Center for the Economics of Human Development at the University of Chicago. That’s a higher return than the 7 to 10 percent that […]

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Is Head Start Working for Low-Income Latino Kids? Depends on the State

NBC News Quality preschool can greatly benefit low-income children and families, yet the three states with the greatest numbers of Latino residents fell below national averages on enrollment and other measures in a state-by-state report of Head Start programs. On some measures, though, the states beat the national average. The evaluation by the National Institute […]

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