Cover: Head Start

Head Start

What Do We Know?

Published In: PPN Issue Briefs (Santa monica, CA : Promising Practices Network, 2010)

Posted on rand.org 2010

by Teryn Mattox

This issue brief is intended to clarify some of the reasons that Head Start has been difficult to evaluate in a rigorous way, and why even the most rigorous evaluations of Head Start have been criticized for having shortcomings. Many of the difficulties in assessing Head Start are inherent to the structure of the program itself. This brief should illuminate for policymakers and others the reasons why many consider the issue of Head Start's effectiveness to be as of yet unresolved.

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