Birth of Head Start Preschool Education Policies in the Kennedy and Johnson Administrations
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One of the most popular and enduring legacies of President Lyndon B. Johnson's Great Society programs, Project Head Start continues to support young children of low-income families-close to one million annually-by providing a range of developmental and educational services. Policy makers proposing to reform and update Head Start often invoke its origins to justify their position, but until now no comprehensive political history of the program has existed. Maris A. Vinovskis here provides inThe Birth of Head Startan in-depth look at the nation's largest and best known-yet politically challenged-early education program. He sets the record straight on the program's intended aims, documenting key decisions made during its formative years. While previous accounts of Head Start have neglected the contributions of important participants such as federal education officials and members of Congress, Vinovskis's history is the first to consider the relationship between politics and policy making and how this interaction has shaped the program. This thorough and incisive book will be essential for policy makers and legislators interested in prekindergarten education and will inform future discussions on early intervention services for disadvantaged children. 0;Vinovskis is recognized as the premier historian of children's programs. His renowned scholarship makes everything he writes must-reading for anyone involved in early childhood issues.The Birth of Head Startis a tremendous contribution to the preservation of the history of our nation's innovative Head Start program.1;-Edward Zigler, cofounder of Head Start
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 5/15/2008
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
|List of Abbreviations|
|Changing Views of Poverty and Early Child Development|
|Education, Poverty, and Early Schooling in the Kennedy Administration|
|Education Policy, the War on Poverty, and the 1964 Election|
|Organizing OEO and Passing ESEA|
|Implementing, Evaluating, and Improving Head Start Programs|
|Congressional and Administration Debates about Transferring Head Start|