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Published: Sunday, March 31 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT

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4word thinker
Murray, UT

There is research recently published showing that preschool programs are failures, not the glowing successes that are suggested to be here.

The best way to help preschoolers is to strengthen the families they come from, by improving the parenting.

DougS
Oakley, UT

What does the writer expect from pre-school education? Baby sitters?
Algebra by 1st grade? Publixhed novel by age 5?

Basically it boils down to a transfer of responsibility from the parents to the state - where the state can indoctrinate to their hearts content.

RedShirt
USS Enterprise, UT

To "Paige Heyn" you missed the study that the Federal Government did that found that by the 3rd grade all of the advantages that you list are gone. The Feds admit that the Head Start program is a failure.

Why should we continue a program that just burns through money and does not produce the results that were promised?

Confused
Sandy, UT

Redshirt,
the real question is where would those kids be by the 3rd grade if they had not had "Head Start"?

yes, they equal out by third grade, but those high risk kids who don't have head start or some other program to help are doomed for failure..

I think "Who" is running the particular head start program, determines just how well it does in a local community.

RedShirt
USS Enterprise, UT

To "Confused" those kids would be exactly where they are in the 3rd grade if they did not have the "Head Start". That is what the study looked at. The Federal Study found that by the 3rd grade the kids that were in the program performed the same as similar kids who were not in the program. All high risk kids, all have the same results despite governmet intervention.

You are right, Who is running the program helps determine the success of the program. The HHS study points out that the best thing for the government to do would be to get out of the Preschool business and turn that over to private institutions that do a better job educating kids and preparing them for school.

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