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Rebecca Klein

5 Things You Should Know About Head Start On The Program's 50th Anniversary | Rebecca Klein | Posted 05.20.2015 | Politics

Fifty years ago this week, President Lyndon Johnson announced the creation of Head Start, a program designed to provide early childhood education serv...

Celebrating 50 Years of Head Start

Sylvia Mathews Burwell | Posted 05.18.2015 | Impact
Sylvia Mathews Burwell

In a rural town like Hinton, Head Start was one of the only early educational opportunities available. It meant a lot to the families there, and still does today. I know, because it meant a lot to my family. That's right; I'm a Head Start kid.

Obese Preschoolers May Slim Down With Head Start, Study Says

AP | Lindsey Tanner | Posted 01.12.2015 | Parents

CHICAGO (AP) -- Head Start programs have been shown to help poor children do better in school, but they may also help them fight obesity, a study sugg...

Planes, Trains and Automobiles: Lessons for Early Learning

Yasmina Vinci | Posted 11.16.2014 | Education
Yasmina Vinci

When I was growing up, my father designed most of the trains that ran throughout the Balkans and the sound of rumbling trains became a true childhood comfort.

Another Zombie Idea

Yasmina Vinci | Posted 06.29.2014 | Education
Yasmina Vinci

A zombie idea persists when it's "one of those things that everyone important thinks is true because everyone they know says it's true." A prime example is the oft-repeated citation of the Head Start Impact Study as proof positive that Head Start does not work.

57,000 Reasons to Support Early Learning

Sally Steenland | Posted 11.04.2013 | Religion
Sally Steenland

Like so many political battles these days, the gap between bipartisan support for preschool programs and cutting 57,000 kids from Head Start defies logic and common sense.

Sequester Takes Devastating Toll On Low-Income Women

2013-04-05-logo.jpg | Posted 07.11.2013 | Impact

By Sharon Johnson, Women's eNews (WOMENSENEWS)--This summer, 10 Head Start teachers in Lorain County, Ohio, lost their jobs and Hamilton, Ohio, sto...

Sequestering the Sequester

Jeff Danziger | Posted 06.26.2013 | Politics
Jeff Danziger


Joy Resmovits

But Big Tobacco Doesn't Want To Pay For Preschool | Joy Resmovits | Posted 04.05.2013 | Politics

Though President Barack Obama's administration hasn't formally released its 2014 budget, one component is already facing resistance from the tobacco i...

Sequestration: Devastating to Kids

Billy Shore | Posted 04.29.2013 | Politics
Billy Shore

On Friday, if sequestration -- the term used for the pending across-the-board cuts to many federal programs -- goes into effect, the impact on low-income children will be devastating.

Joy Resmovits

Obama Offers Aid To The Littlest Students | Joy Resmovits | Posted 02.12.2013 | Politics

President Barack Obama proposes a major initiative to expand preschool opportunities for 4-year-olds in Tuesday's State of the Union address. The H...

Joy Resmovits

The Road Forward: White House Assessing Major Preschool Plan | Joy Resmovits | Posted 02.01.2013 | Politics

Arne Duncan, President Barack Obama's education secretary, has a slogan that summarizes his tenure and the view of his mission that he shares with his...

Tens Of Millions Of Dollars In Head Start Grants Still Undecided

Education Week, Bethesda, Md. | Lesli A. Maxwell | Posted 02.11.2013 | Education

The fate of tens of millions of dollars in Head Start grants that are up for grabs won't be known until spring, according to a spokesman for the feder...

A Critical Head Start for Pre-Schoolers: Eating Healthy Foods (video)

Rebecca Gerendasy | Posted 01.29.2013 | Home
Rebecca Gerendasy

Good nutrition has always been a focus of Head Start, but many of the children don't have access to fresh, local foods at home. Discussing this fact a...

Head Start Programs Offer Benefits, Improve Child Well-Being And School Readiness: Report

Posted 11.19.2012 | Education

Head Start programs lead to short-term benefits across multiple areas of children's well-being and school readiness, according to a recent report. ...

Can You Hear Me Now? Who's Talking About Early Childhood Education This Election Season

Yasmina Vinci | Posted 12.12.2012 | Education
Yasmina Vinci

It is time for the press to ask all candidates whether they are ready to make commitments to keep the window of learning opportunity open for all young children.

Our Sacred Obligation

Sen. Bob Casey | Posted 04.08.2012 | Education
Sen. Bob Casey

Children who learn more today earn more tomorrow, and the earlier children are exposed to quality learning opportunities, the better off they are.

Kids Missing From State of the Union

Billy Shore | Posted 03.31.2012 | Education
Billy Shore

One of the president's principal themes was the need to address income inequality, but Obama missed an opportunity to tell the nation not only what it wants to know, but what it needs to know.

It's Got To Come Down To Cases, Not Rhetoric

Jared Bernstein | Posted 02.25.2012 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

Mitt's "will the United States be an entitlement society or an opportunity society?" is vapid and misleading. Not just a false choice, but an illogical one, like saying "we must decide whether to grow food or eat food."

9 States Win Race To The Top Early Learning Grant

AP | KIMBERLY HEFLING | Posted 02.15.2012 | Education

WASHINGTON — Nine states won a collective $500 million Friday from the federal government to help make pre-K and other early learning programs m...

Head Start: Making a Good Thing Better

Yvette Sanchez Fuentes | Posted 11.14.2011 | Education
Yvette Sanchez Fuentes

Head Start children need and deserve the most effective early education program possible. We are taking aggressive steps every day to meet our commitments to them.