start as

start as something

to begin in some original condition or status. Every forest fire starts as a small spark. The argument started as a small disagreement.
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While some parents undoubtedly use Head Start as an opportunity to watch more television, few get off scot-free.
Community action staff members viewed Head Start as a competitor for OEO funds.
From the beginning a central tenet of Head Start has been "up and out"-meaning that a parent might start as a volunteer, then become a paid teacher's aide, a teacher, or even return to college, and ultimately enter the middle class.
Many have also forgotten how the program began, calling Lyndon Johnson's War on Poverty a complete failure and Head Start a success in the same breath.