Strengthening Head Start: What the Evidence Shows. The Presidents plan will strengthen Head Start and enable coordination of early childhood systems


The President proposes a plan that builds on the evidence to strengthen Head Start, to improve educational opportunities and access to services for all low-income and other disadvantaged children, and to support further coordination and integration of early education and care. The President proposes that states willing to meet specific programmatic and financial requirements, in consultation with state and local officials, be allowed to include Head Start in their overall preschool plans. Under the Presidents proposal, states may coordinate state-administered preschool programs and other early childhood programs with Head Start programs in exchange for meeting certain accountability, maintenance of effort and programmatic requirements. For federally managed programs, the Presidents plan will strengthen educational standards and outcomes, while maintaining comprehensive services. It will also better target quality improvement and training and technical assistance funds. Finally, the President proposes improving collaboration between federally managed Head Start programs and other early childhood programs, with the governors office and chief state school officers playing a more central role. All the evidence available to us indicates that the Presidents proposal will give states the tools they need to do a better job of giving disadvantaged children the head start they deserve.

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