But this change includes the termination of all staff presently employed in the preschool and current Head Start
classrooms, which includes five union staff members and one nonteaching professional staff member.
runs a preschool and subleases to Early Childhood CARES, a University of Oregon program that teaches children with speech impediments, autism and other special needs.
Mom and Head Start
volunteer Marissa Maros, secretary of the policy council and chairman of the parent council, said, "Preschool is so important for these kids, but it's so expensive.
In light of the overall focus of the Head Start
program on improving school readiness, most evaluations of the program assessed the impact of Head Start
on test scores or other measures of educational success.
The dental hygienist is a qualified health professional competent to assess the oral health needs of Head Start
children, as well as the quality and availability of oral health resources and services to answer them.
Americans United's legislative department sent letters to lawmakers urging them to keep Head Start
's non-discrimination safeguards intact.
Under a career ladder program created through the bill, Head Start
agencies can partner with historically Black colleges and universities, Hispanic-serving institutions and tribal colleges and universities to increase the number of Head Start
staff earning associate and bachelor's degrees.
"I still had that support even through high school," said Cook, now a custodial supervisor at Midway Airport, who also serves as the Head Start
representative and local school council chairperson for Hansberry.
Another Head Start
mother, pregnant with her third child and receiving Transitional Aid to Needy Families [TANF], formerly welfare, described her plight:
Eminent education historian Maris Vinovskis has crafted a thorough account of the creation and launch of Head Start
. The pleasantly brief text, which spans just 155 pages, offers a clear explanation of how anti-poverty policy, national politics, education policy, and changes in views of child development shaped the program in the 1960s.
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.
While some policy-makers have set their sights on Head Start
, millions of low-income children still do not have the benefit of a strong early-education experience.
The structure, evaluation, and funding level of Head Start
has always been dependent upon a mixture of scientific evidence, public opinion, and changing governmental support (e.g., Chafel, 1992; Peters, 1980; Zigler & Muenchow, 1992).
To date, classes have been provided at five Head Start/Early Head Start
child development centers in Yolo County, and at a series of parenting sessions organized by Yolo Connections, an umbrella agency whose mission is to promote volunteerism, mentoring, and community partnership.
As the 39-year-old federal Head Start
program once again comes before Congress for reauthorization, several unanswered questions that have dogged the program since its inception should be considered.