Head Start: The Inside Story of America's Most Successful Educational Experiment

Head Start: The Inside Story of America's Most Successful Educational Experiment

Head Start: The Inside Story of America's Most Successful Educational Experiment

Head Start: The Inside Story of America's Most Successful Educational Experiment

Synopsis

Zigler, who has been a consultant to every administration since he helped found Head Start in the sixties, tells the behind-the-scenes story of the program's rocky course, from its beginnings as "Project Rush-Rush" to today.

Excerpt

This book is a collaborative effort. Edward Zigler's professional life has been intimately involved with Head Start for 27 years. From his participation on the Planning Committee for Head Start in 1965 to his role as the first director of the Office of Child Development in the early 1970s, he helped shape the program's development directly. Together with Jeanette Valentine, Zigler edited the archival history of Head Start presented in the book Project Head Start:
A Legacy of the War on Poverty
, which was published in 1979. Zigler was also selected by President Carter to chair a committee review of Head Start on the occasion of the program's 15th anniversary in 1980. From his first paper on Head Start in the late 1960s until the present, Zigler has continued to participate in numerous research and evaluation projects on the program. In addition, Zigler has served as an adviser to several administrations on Head Start's direction.

Susan Muenchow also has a long history of involvement with Head Start and other early childhood programs. A former reporter for The Christian Science Monitor, she has published numerous articles on early childhood issues in both academic journals and such popular periodicals as Parents magazine. While serving as public education coordinator and a research associate on the faculty of the Bush Center in Child Development and Social Policy at . . .

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