Head Start Gains Found to Wash Out by 3rd Grade
While Head Start benefited children's learning and development during their time in the federally financed preschool program, those advantages had mostly vanished by the end of 3rd grade , a new federal study finds.
In the final phase of a large-scale, randomized, controlled study of nearly 5,000 children from low-income families, researchers found that the positive effects on literacy and language development demonstrated by children who entered Head Start at age 4 had dissipated by the end of 3rd grade, and that they were, on average, academically indistinguishable from their peers who had not been in Head Start.
The new findings, released last month by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, are consistent with an earlier phase of the study that showed most benefits of Head Start participation had faded by the end of 1st grade.The $8 billion Head Start program serves nearly...
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