California Head Start child outcomes bulletin 2014: California Head Start programs close the achievement gap
Providing two years of Head Start experience to a child increases the probability by between 13% to 86% that the child will meet age appropriate expectations. This finding is the result of a rigorous analysis of child assessment data from more than 49,467 children collected from 81 Head Start programs across California--representing more than 50% of the entire California Head Start population. Using Regression Discontinuity--a methodology widely used to evaluate preschool impacts--it is possible to provide direct evidence that California Head Start programs provide quality child development services and help children to be better prepared for Kindergarten. Head Start not only increases the probability that children develop in academic areas, such as math and literacy, but in all areas of development--including social interpersonal skills and self-regulation. (author abstract)
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