Head Start makeover offers opportunities, challenges to program’s backers

| November 2, 2016

By Claire Caulfield • Cronkite News

WASHINGTON – Head Start “has done a lot of good in the past 50 years,” but the first early education program in the U.S. is due for a change, said Jonathon Gonzales, executive director of the Arizona Head Start Association.

That change started Tuesday via a 118-page “comprehensive” rewrite of Head Start rules, the first such overhaul in more than 40 years.

The changes will be phased in over several years, with the biggest impact likely to be the requirement that programs shift to a full-day offering by 2021. Most of the 14 programs in Arizona currently provide half-day school-readiness classes for toddlers and young children, Gonzales said.

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