Head Start: Only the Best for America's Children

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Abstract

In March 1993 Senator Kassebaum introduced the Head Start Quality Improvement Act aimed at building on the success of Head Start by connecting a dramatically increased budget with measures designed to upgrade the quality of the program. The legislation provides the DHHS with the mandate, the resources, and the necessary legislative tools, using a five-part approach to (a) establish general performance measures for all grantees; (b) strengthen program accountability mechanisms, training, and technical assistance support systems; (c) provide more effective policy enforcement and instill more competition in the program; (d) expand the current Head Start Transition Project to assist children and their families in making a successful move from Head Start to elementary school; and (e) assist families entering or reentering the work force.

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