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Head Start Cuts Services For More Than 57,000 Children Due To Sequestration

WASHINGTON -- Head Start, the federal pre-K education service for low-income families, has eliminated services for more than 57,000 children in the coming school year as a result of the federal budget reductions known as sequestration.<p>The cuts include a shorter school year and shorter school days, …

Billionaire John Arnold Steps In With $10M To Keep Head Start Going During Government Shutdown

One-time energy trader and billionaire John Arnold is stepping up to fill the government’s shoes. Arnold and his wife, Laura, announced a $10 million donation to keep operating the federal Head Start programs that were forced to close or are facing closure because of the government shutdown.<p>After …

Stressful Head Start Programs Are Causing Real Damage To Teachers

Cook Sarah Thomas prepares breakfast for children at the Frederick, Maryland Head Start facility. REUTERS/Gary Cameron Head Start, the nation's largest federally funded early education program, is leaving its teachers with inordinate amounts of stress and increased medical problems, according to a …

Head Start’s Women Employees Report More Physical, Mental-Health Problems

For Amer­ic­an chil­dren en­rolled in Head Start pro­grams, the risks of fall­ing be­hind aca­dem­ic­ally, as well as poor emo­tion­al and phys­ic­al …

Texas Couple Props Up Head Start While Government Is Closed

Laura and John Arnold of Houston have pledged up to $10 million to keep the Head Start program running in six states. The preschool program for children from low-income families abruptly closed in some areas last Friday because of a lack of funding.<p>Transcript<p>DAVID GREENE, HOST:<p>And a similar offer …

Head Start, Medicare Advantage: Objections

Head Start works<p>The recent column by Bob Beckel and Cal Thomas, "Common Ground: Washington's Groundhog Day," is completely off base when it comes to Head Start.<p>Each and every day, Head Start programs are tackling the complex and unique needs of our nation's poorest children and building …

Billionaire couple donates $10 million to Head Start programs closed by U.S. government shutdown

John Arnold, at the time the head of the hedge fund Centaurus Advisors of Houston, testifying before The Commodity Futures Trading Commission in Washington, in 2009. J. Scott Applewhite / AP file<p>A philanthropic billionaire couple pledged up to $10 million in an effort to fund Head Start programs …

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How Everything We Know About Early Childhood Has Changed Since Head Start Was Founded

In 1912, a teach­er in the one-room school­house out­side Stone­wall, Texas, made a de­cision that would ul­ti­mately lead to bil­lions of dol­lars …

Everything We Know About Early Childhood Has Changed Since Head Start

50 years of research—and "Sesame Street"—have changed our understanding of how to best help disadvantaged kids.<p>In 1912, a teacher in the one-room schoolhouse outside Stonewall, Texas, made a decision that would ultimately lead to billions of dollars in federal investment, volumes of research, and …

Head Start, Meet Accountability

Since 2011, more than 350 Head Start providers have had to compete for federal grant money. That’s a huge change.<p>BALTIMORE—St. Jerome's Head Start, a plain building in a gentrifying Baltimore neighborhood, looks as solid and unchanging as a block of concrete. It's an unlikely setting for a big …

The Accountability Revolution Comes to Head Start

BAL­TIMORE — St. Jerome’s Head Start, a plain build­ing in a gentri­fy­ing Bal­timore neigh­bor­hood, looks as sol­id and un­chan­ging as a block of …

One Approach To Head Start: To Help Kids, Help Their Parents

President Obama has called repeatedly on Congress to help states pay for "high-quality preschool" for all. In fact, those two words — "high quality" — appear time and again in the president's prepared remarks. They are also a refrain among early childhood education advocates and researchers. But …

UNPOPULAR OPINION: 6 Reasons Why Head Start’s Father Engagement Initiative Pisses Me Off

I’ve been working for the Head Start program for over ten years. I think Head Start is awesome for many reasons. Before I get started on my rant, I want to state that everything in this article reflects my personal opinion and is not reflective of any Head Start program that I have worked for in …

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A New Head Start

The federal program doesn’t work — it’s time to distribute its funds to the states and let them experiment.<p>Thomas Jefferson once wrote that “the …

Head Start: A Durable Design for Early Learning

Some designs are classic, timeless. We think of the Model T, Oreo cookie and Wedgewood china. We think of the Acropolis and the Empire State Building -- or most Apple products. But the most interesting and durable designs may not be physical objects which can break, wear out, or crumble, but public …

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