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head start

An early start before the official or typical time to start something. Billy liked to get a head start on his homework before leaving school so he had more time to play with his friends when he got home. If I don't get a head start on the project, I'm going to miss the deadline.
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head start

An early start that confers an advantage, as in This year we'll get a head start on the competition by running more ads. The expression comes from racing, where it was used for a horse being given an advantage of several lengths over the others. Its extension to other areas dates from the early 1900s.
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About the National Head Start Association The National Head Start Association (NHSA) is a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization committed to the belief that every child, regardless of circumstances at birth, has the ability to succeed in life.
The Worcester public schools run one of the Head Start programs in the greater Worcester area.
Head Start is a comprehensive, national, and federally funded program that provides early childhood developmental services to disadvantaged children and their families.
It also helped that having an Early Head Start program has been part of the agency's strategic plan since 2002, Soto said.
Head Start and the Maternal and Child Health Bureau Partnership
Head Start also will have more funding available to help staff pursue the educational opportunities outlined in the new bill.
This study's aim was to investigate how Head Start parents, administrators, and staff in three different models of full-day programs described and evaluated these services.
NLC opposes a provision that would require the federal government to consult with a state's governor before rewarding or renewing a Head Start grant.
Moreover, in 1985, the Head Start Synthesis Project, a meta-analysis of over 210 studies and reports, found that "children enrolled in Head Start enjoy significant, immediate gains" in cognitive and socioemotional test scores--and health status.
Early Head Start is a comprehensive, two-generation program that includes intensive services before the child is born and continues until the child is three years old.
The measure would support partnerships so Head Start staff could receive training at tribal colleges, most of which are two-year institutions.
However, interrelated problems of paternal absence, low literacy skills, and chronic unemployment prevalent amongst families of Head Start children, often interfere with their active involvement (Leik & Chalkey, 1990).
Though he helped found Head Start under a Democratic Administration, he was named by President Nixon to be the first director of the Office of Child Development (now the Administration on Children, Youth and Families), and chief of the U.
Employees of a Head Start program in Cleveland found a surefire way to recruit the most well-behaved youngsters: They invented make-believe kids.
Uraga said that since then Early Head Start had "transformed" her relationship with Brenda and her other children.