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Positive Results of Early Head Start for Low-Income Families

Magazine article Techniques

Positive Results of Early Head Start for Low-Income Families

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On January 12, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a preliminary evaluation of Early Head Start showing that children in the new child development program performed significantly better in cognitive, language and social-emotional development compared to children not participating in the program.

Early Head Start provides high-quality child and family development services to pregnant women and to infants and toddlers from birth to age three. It was started in 1995 as a new component of the Head Start program that serves children age three to four.

Among the major findings of the preliminary evaluation of two-year-old children in the program were higher scores in standardized tests of infant and toddler development, reports of larger vocabularies and the ability to speak in more complex sentences. Early Head Start children may also be at less risk for needing special education intervention, since only one-third were found to be at risk for slower development learning. …

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