The Head Start Problem
American Public Media's Emily Hanford does a good job in this radio segment updating us all on business-based effort to support early childhood investments, noting the reportedly high rate of return on early childhood spending and quoting the widely-held belief that test scores are used to project prison populations.
But no one in Hanford's piece -- indeed, no one in the entire early childhood community has explained how any such investments that might be made on a large scale don't end up turning out like Head Start. Whether it's preschool for all, or Obama's Promise Neighborhoods, I still haven't heard much of anything about implementation quality, capacity, and all the rest that's required.
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