Head Start is not a failure

Feb 27, 2013

Preschool-age boy practicing writing his name at a table in a Head Start classroom.
Sylus Sims practices writing his name at South Godwin Head Start.
Credit Dustin Dwyer / Michigan Radio

The debate over federal spending cuts has made Head Start a major topic of conversation in Washington. Leaders from both parties warn that tens of thousands of kids will lose a chance at Head Start’s preschool program, if the across-the-board spending cuts are allowed to happen.

To some critics, cutting Head Start would be a good thing. They think it is a failure, and not worth the money. 

To analyze the argument,we took a closer look at the study often used to criticize Head Start's effectiveness and visit a Head Start classroom in Grand Rapids.

Listen to the full story on our State of Opportunity page.