Head Start Impact Study - Analysis
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Head Start Impact Study - Analysis


April 2013

Late last year, a new study found that Head Start children were better prepared for kindergarten in every aspect that the study measured compared to peers who did not attend Head Start.

Debate around the study, however, has taken on a political tone, as critics focused on another finding that advantages "fade out" through 3rd grade.

This focus and the Head Start Impact Study are concerning. Both threaten to create a misleading and false debate about Head Start that ignores the many independent studies over the last fifty years that show that Head Start works.

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