This Bellwether paper discusses Head Start, the federal initiative promoting school readiness for pre-K children in low-income families, and how it can be improved. Some of the paper’s key recommendations are:
- Building more effective ways of utilizing data for program improvements at the local grantee level;
- Shifting away from a compliance model to a more results-based way of measuring grantee quality at the federal oversight level; and
- Producing an evidence-based approach at the federal policy level for improving Head Start program outcomes.
Head Start provides much-needed assistance to vulnerable populations. Ultimately, continuous learning and assessment within Head Start are central to achieving better outcomes for children and families.