Thursday, January 10, 2013

Head Start? More like false start

So far American taxpayers have spent $180 Billion on the "Head Start" program, which is designed to prepare low income children for school.  The final phase of a three part study was released by the DHHS late last year that analyzed the impact this program had on enrollees subsequent performance in school.

The report confirmed the findings of the second phase of the study published in 2010 and concluded:

“there was little evidence of systematic differences in children’s elementary school experiences through 3rd grade, between children provided access to Head Start and their counterparts in the control group,”

So unlike the findings in the second phase that "any modest benefits achieved through Head Start are largely absent by 1st grade" this phase confirms that Head Start continues not to make any difference through third grade.  No word on if they plan to study 7th grade yet

The NEA wants increased funding so more children can learn nothing in Head Start ($23k a year per child) as apparently they think that $7B spent a year on their members is a good thing even if it is not quite so good for the kids or the taxpayer and Obama called the investment in early education:

 "One of our best investments in America's future."

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