Steve Chapman on Head Start and Other Federal Failures

Head StartFor
decades, Head Start has consistently disappointed anyone who
expected it to make a real difference in the fortunes of the poor.
A 2010 study by the Department of Health and Human Services
concluded that though there were modest benefits to participating
kids, they soon evaporated. “The benefits of access to Head Start
at age four are largely absent by first grade for the program
population as a whole,” it admitted. “For 3-year-olds, there are
few sustained benefits.” Our elected officials generally agree that
withholding money from social programs shortchanges the poor,
writes Steve Chapman. They fail to notice that for the most part,
providing money has the same effect.

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