Readers' forum: Ban Head Start

Published: Tuesday, March 13 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

Preschoolers enjoy a variety of break activities at a Head Start Program in Hillsboro, Ore., Thursday August 16, 2007.

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Head Start was established in 1965, and it currently spends about $8 billion a year on early childhood development services to low-income children and their families, in addition to subsidy programs such as Medicare, Medicaid and TANF. There is also little evidence that the programs generate much of a return for the large taxpayer resources invested in them.

The benefits of Head Start at age 4 are largely absent by first grade. For 3-year-olds there are few sustained benefits. It is simply another waste to taxpayers. The recent study done by the government shows no sustained benefit. The entire study can be read at: www.acf.hhs.gov. Head Start should be banned and save taxpayers $8 billon a year.

Lori B. Koons


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