Head Start got its start 50 years ago as part of President Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society program. What’s its legacy? asks PBS NewsHour.
The story quotes the head of the Ford Foundation, who was a Head Start kid, but it also includes Russ Whitehurst, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution who studies preschool programs. Federal studies have found Head Start graduates do no better than a control group by third grade, he points out.
They were not better readers. They were not doing math better. They didn’t have better social development. They didn’t have better health outcomes.
It costs $8 billion a year and makes no difference in anything we can measure.