The Political Interest: Getting Smart About Head Start

Getting Smart About Head Start

Of all the Great Society programs begun by Lyndon Johnson, Head Start seemed the most ennobling. What could be worthier than tending to the education and health of America's preschoolers? Over time, the program has achieved wide popularity, and the pledge to "fully fund" it has become a kind of mantra among politicians across the ideological spectrum. Yet full funding has remained a dream -- until now. "We all know Head Start . . . is a success story," Bill Clinton told Congress last month. "We all know that it saves money, ((and)) under ((my)) plan every eligible child will be...

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