Head Start: What Do We Know About What Works?


Head Start programs provide comprehensive child development, educational, health, nutritional, social and other services to predominantly low income preschool children and their families. In recognition of the important role parents play in their child's development, Head Start programs are required to provide for the direct participation of parents in the development, conduct and direction of local programs. This technical analysis paper, prepared for the Office of Management and Budget, discusses many aspects of Head Start research: (a) past projects; (b) what is still needed; and (c) current and planned efforts. The final section describes additional topics related to Head Start's effectiveness. [24 PDF pages]

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