AT: Structural problems with Head Start
Preschool education is important
Early education is reduces unemployment and crime rates
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"Now, more than ever, is the time to be making this investment in early
," said Vera Steiner Blore, executive director of Fairfax Futures, a
county-funded group that organized the forum. "If kids get off to the right start
with critical thinking and problem-solving skills . . . all of us reap the reward," she
said. Blore said that spending for early learning brings dividends by reducing
rates of remediation, crime and unemployment
. Momentum to strengthen early
childhood education has grown significantly nationwide in the past decade as
research has shown positive effects on student performance and behavior.
Early education leaves both long-term effects to children and influences parents’
Lazar et al,
Consortium for Longitudinal Studies,
(Lazar et al, “Lasting Effects of
Early Education: A Report from the Consortium for Longitudinal Studies”, 1982,
Results show that early education programs for children from low-income
families had long-lasting effects in four areas: school competence, developed
abilities, children’s attitudes and values, and impact on the family.
Children who attended programs were significantly more likely to meet their
school’s basic requirements
. Controlling for family background factors and
ability, program graduates were significantly less likely to be assigned to special
education classes and less likely to be retained in grade than were controls
effect apparently operated for all the children regardless of sex, ethnic
background, initial ability level, or early family background factors.
Children who attended early childhood programs surpassed their controls on the
Stanford-Binet intelligence test for several years after the program had ended.
There was no evidence that the programs differentially raised the IQQ test scores
of some subgroups of children (differing on sex, initial ability, and family
background). There was some indication that program graduates performed better
on achievement tests than did controls.
In 1976, children who had attended early education programs were significantly