Letters: Head Start not worth it

Published: Tuesday, April 2 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT

The Head Start program showed only one retained benefit in reading assessment but no significant positive impacts on math, prewriting or grade promotion.

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A study done by the federal government found that while Head Start participation benefited children's learning and development during their time in the federally funded preschool program, those advantages had mostly vanished by the end of third grade.

The Head Start program showed only one retained benefit in reading assessment but no significant positive impacts on math, prewriting or grade promotion. In fact, researchers found a learning disadvantage for those who had been in Head Start — the parents reported lower rates of grade promotion than parents of the students who were not in the Head Start group. At the cost of $8 billion a year, this is a program that should be ended.

Lori B. Koons

Farmington

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