Head Start is government-subsidized preschool for 3-5 year-old children living in low-income households in the U.S. U.S. families qualify for Head Start when they make less than Can$27,000/year. Two-thirds of children whose family income qualifies them to attend Head Start aren’t enrolled because there aren’t enough Head Start facilities to accommodate all the children who qualify. For perspective, in British Columbia, families that make less than Can$47,000/year qualify for full funding of preschool costs.
For this assignment, you need to do the following:Read the boxed information in your textbook on page 300 regarding Project Head Start.
Watch this 7-minute PBS video about Head Start’s 50th Anniversary in 2015. (Links to an external site.) (PBS is Public Broadcasting Service, a non-profit news organization in the states)
Answer the following questions:
What are the short-term benefits of attending Head Start preschool?
What are the long-term benefits of attending Head Start preschool?
Why do the short-term gains shown by children in Head Start fade over time?
What do you think could be done to improve the short-term benefits of Head Start over time? Your answer to this question doesn’t have to come only from the boxed information and the video. You can also make suggestions based upon other information you know