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Head Start,

U.S. educational program for disadvantaged preschool children, established under the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964. Aimed initially only at poor children, its purpose was to organize programs that would prepare preschool children for elementary school. Money was appropriated through the Office of Economic Opportunity, which made individual grants to cities and other localities to set up Head Start centers. In 1969 the program was transferred to the Dept. of Health, Education and Welfare (now Health and Human Services). It was later extended to children above the poverty level, whose parents, however, had to pay according to their income.
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The Head Start bill is headed to the White House, where President Bush is expected to sign the measure into law.
The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee approved the Senate version of the Head Start reauthorization in February.
For some of the dozens of children enrolled in the Head Start program, Monday marked their first brush with dental care.
Another Head Start mother, pregnant with her third child and receiving Transitional Aid to Needy Families [TANF], formerly welfare, described her plight:
A Head Start reauthorization bill that does not allow employment discrimination is pending in the Senate.
In the weeks prior to the mark-up of the bill, NLC staff held several meetings with Republican and Democratic staff to ensure the concerns of local governments that administer Head Start programs are addressed in the legislation.
Since 1965, Head Start has been serving the children who should be at the very top of our school-readiness agenda.
The current activity was designed to take advantage of the benefits found in past studies of course-related volunteer work and to give students some personal experience with young children and the Head Start program.
Quality early education programs like Head Start are the key to unlocking the tools children need to ensure future success, said Senator Booker.
Head Start provides weekday preschool and day care for either a full day, 8:30 a.
The Results: The number of children classified by BMI as overweight or obese significantly declined in the Head Start children compared to the comparison group who didn't attend Head Start.
The research, From Threat to Opportunity: A Head Start Program's Response to State-funded Pre-K, accurately depicts the challenges and opportunities that exist with the Head Start program as well as the viewpoint most lead education agencies take when initiating interagency collaboration.