David Brooks and Gail Collins also discussed pre-k in their Opinionator web dialogue series this week. I’m not sure that David Brooks really knows much about Head Start (his comment that the program needs to provide more “many more wraparound services” suggests he’s unaware of Head Start’s core and long-standing focus on comprehensive child development, including nutrition, health, and family services). But he does have one really key point: “Head Start needs to see the same reform energy that K-12 is seeing.” Yet, Head Start has been largely ignored by K-12 reformers, even though it’s an $8 billion annual program that serves nearly a million of the nation’s poorest preschoolers. It’s time that changed.
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