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Letter: Head Start vs. UPSTART

Published: Sunday, April 6 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT

I understand that many children are disadvantaged because of language barriers and working parents, etc., but wasn't Head Start begun for that very reason, to help these children? Many other children are brought up in homes with great parents and many advantages and they are better off in the hands of their parents for their early learning. It seems the expenditure of $3 million to fund UPSTART locally to just experiment is a waste of precious dollars. There already are many studies as to the advantages of the current Head Start program.

Why can't an existing program be perfected, if there is proof that it is working, rather than begin a new, costly program?

Darlene Bennett

Salt Lake City

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