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    Head Start: Preschool Proponents Should Admit to Shortcomings

    Are Americans really longing for “Head Start-like programs” for their children? So argues Eleanor Clift in a recent article for the Daily Beast. Clift praises El Centro Rosemount, a preschool center in Washington, D.C., that serves children from affluent families and students in the federal Head Start program. As the … More

    Private Charity Steps Up When Government Steps Out of Head Start

    Politico reported this week that the Laura and John Arnold Foundation is donating $10 million to pick up the cost of 7,000 Head Start seats that are currently vacant due to the government shutdown. According to Politico, the funds are a personal donation from the Arnolds and will enable affected … More

    Government Shutdown Highlights Need for Head Start Reform

    Due to the government shutdown, roughly two dozen federally funded Head Start day care centers will temporarily close their doors this week. For those low-income parents in affected areas expecting to send their toddlers to Head Start this week, the closures will no doubt create some headaches. But all of … More

    MSNBC Host Claims Society Should Raise Children, Not Parents

    MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry’s words in a new “Lean Forward” ad are breathtaking: We have to break through our kind of private idea that kids belong to their parents or kids belong to their families and recognize that kids belong to whole communities. Once it’s everybody’s responsibility, and not just … More

    Georgia and Oklahoma Provide Cautionary Tale About Universal Preschool

    As the Obama Administration attempts to move toward universal, taxpayer-funded preschool, policymakers should examine the experiences of states that have offered such programs for more than a decade. Both Georgia and Oklahoma have done so, but there is little evidence that taxpayers and children are benefiting. Universal Preschool in Georgia. … More

    Obama’s Ill-Advised Federal Preschool Push

    President Obama announced a major effort to expand government preschool early this afternoon. The plan would create a “continuum of child care for children from birth to age 5.” Expanding government preschool, particularly federal preschool, is wrought with problems. Any expansion of government preschool, whether state or federal, comes at … More

    HHS Dusts Off Head Start Evaluation, Finally Publishes Results

    What’s the best way to make sure nobody sees the results of a scientifically rigorous evaluation? Release your findings on the Friday afternoon before Christmas. Today the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will release the findings of its long overdue (four years overdue to be exact) third-grade follow-up … More

    Head Start: A $150 Billion Failure

    President Obama and other supporters of increasing government spending on preschool have argued that “investments” on early childhood education yield big results later in life. As President Obama told an audience last March, “For every dollar we invest in these programs, we get nearly $10 back in reduced welfare rolls, … More

    Nannies and the Nanny State

    New regulations passed by the Massachusetts Board of Early Education and Care will now require all child care providers – public or private – to follow new strict guidelines covering everything from academics to child hygiene. The Boston Herald reports that the new regulations are part of the state’s plan … More

    $8 Billion In Pre-K Waste In Higher Ed Bill

    The House is expected to vote today on the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2009, which would end the Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) program, transferring student lending exclusively to the federal Direct Loan and Perkins Loan programs – effectively ending federally subsidized private lending. While the proposed … More