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Head Start Reauthorization: Enhancing School Readiness for Hispanic Children

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Publication Date: January 2005

Publisher(s): National Council of La Raza

Special Collection: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Topic: Education (Statistics, research, and research methods and financing)

Keywords: Child development; Early childhood education; Hispanic population; limited-English-proficient (LEP)

Type: Report

Coverage: United States United States

Abstract:

This white paper serves as a tool for policy-makers and advocates to shape the Head Start reauthorization debate in order to address the school readiness needs of Latino children. Head Start is our nation’s premier early childhood education program; however, it can be improved to better meet the needs of Hispanic families. This analysis documents key access and quality challenges for Latinos, examines provisions in recent legislation to reauthorize Head Start, and provides policy recommendations for improving the program for Latino families.