Study Shows Positive Results from Early Head Start Program

Study Shows Positive Results from Early Head Start Program – Brief Article

Matthew Neff

Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tommy G. Thompson recently released results of a seven-year national evaluation of the federal Early Head Start Program showing that three-year-old children who completed the program had a positive benefit in cognitive performance, language development, and development of positive behaviors that prepared them for success in school (i.e., engaging in tasks, paying attention, and showing less aggression), compared with children who did not participate in the program. The study also showed that parents who participated in the Early Head Start program demonstrated more positive parenting behaviors, reported less physical punishment of their children, were more emotionally supportive of their children, and assisted their children more in learning at home. Early Head Start, a component of the Head Start program, provides high-quality child and family development services to low-income pregnant women, and infants and toddlers from birth to three years of age. A copy of the study can be obtained at the Head Start publication center at www.headstartinfo.org/cgi-bin/pubcatstore.cfm.

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