- Three female fugitives wanted in New Jersey restaurant theft arrested in Illinois
- Man guilty in 2012 crash into home that injured 8-year-old
- McDonald’s: Federal complaint says company is joint employer
- T-Mobile settlement: $90M for cell phone bill cramming
- Shelter Care Ministries gets $30,000 grant
- Even more dead bees?
- Holiday travel: 98.6 million plan getaway, most on record
- Scam artists posing as utility reps, demanding payment
- Holiday mailing deadlines approach, Rockford Post Office warns
- Hispanics more than half of all renters, yet most are uninsured
Head Start Program gets a failing grade
I wish the Transform Rockford group great success. However, there is one area that needs rethinking: that of the Head Start Program. Started in 1965 (under President Lyndon Johnson), the idea of getting preschoolers ready for kindergarten via Head Start began as merely a summer program for disadvantaged children. This early childhood education was supposed to cover nutrition, social skills, health, well-being and so on. This quickly expanded into year-long programs for 3- and 4-year-olds. Today, this Head Start Program costs the taxpayers almost $9 billion!
Three years later, in 1968, I remember this well: studies were revealing that there was no difference between the now third-graders who had attended Head Start and those who did not. Yet, our Congress passed the Human Services Act in 1981 to expand the program. In 2007, the program was also adjusted to address the systemic poverty among lower incomes. Yet, at the same time, in 2007, reports declared that Head Start’s failures are sufficient to warrant its abolition.
In 1998, Congress ordered a study of the effectiveness. The New York Times stated that Head Start had “little meaningful impact” in a child’s later achievement.
In 2011, Time magazine said, “Head Start must be eliminated.” Be careful, earnest transformers, about pursuing this fruitless goal.
From the May 7-13, 2014, issue