Head Start: Background, Funding and the Role of School Readiness Goals


Martin H. Boyd (Editor)

Series: Education in a Competitive and Globalizing World
BISAC: EDU000000

Head Start is a federal program that has provided comprehensive early childhood development services to low-income children since 1965. The program seeks to promote school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of children through the provision of educational, health, nutritional, social, and other services. Head Start is administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Federal Head Start funds are provided directly to local grantees rather than through states. Programs are locally designed and are administered by a network of roughly 1,600 public and private nonprofit and for-profit agencies. This book discusses the background and funding of the program, and examines the role it plays in school readiness goals. (Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 – Head Start: Background and Funding (pp. 1-56)
Karen E. Lynch

Chapter 2 – How Head Start Grantees Set and Use School Readiness Goals: Final Report (pp. 57-220)
Julia Isaacs, Heather Sandstrom, Monica Rohacek, Christopher Lowenstein, Olivia Healy and Maeve Gearing


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