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Benefits of Head Start

Long term studies comparing Head Start students to disadvantaged, non- Head Start students show that Head Start Students:

  • Are less apt to be held back in school
  • Are less likely to be placed in Special Education Classes
  • Are more likely to graduate from High School
  • Have less criminal activity
  • Earn a Higher Salary

Cognitive Benefits:

  • Results from a randomly selected longitudinal study of more than 600 Head Start graduates, shows that the final grades of Head Start graduates in kindergarten, compared to their non-Head Start peers, were higher in numeracy, language, literacy, social conduct, and physical development.
  • Head Start children in the Family and Child Experiences Survey demonstrated a greater increase than the typical child in vocabulary and early writing.
  • A Higher proportion of Head Start parents read to their children more frequently than those parents of children who were not enrolled in Head Start.

Economic Benefits:

  • Society receives nearly $9 in benefits for every $1 invested in Head Start children.
  • Those benefits are increased earnings, employment, family stability, decreased welfare dependency, crime costs, grade repetition, and special education.
  • As adults, those who attended a quality early childhood program are about three times as likely to be homeowners by age 27 compared to those who did not benefit from the program.

Health Benefits:

  •  Children in Head Start receive significantly more health care screenings than their non-Head Start peers.
  • Head Start children are at least 8 percentage points more likely to have had their immunizations than those children who did not attend pre-school.
  • Research suggests that Head Start reduces childhood obesity.
  • The mortality rates for 5-9 year old children who had attended Head Start are 33 to 50 percent lower than the rates for comparable children.

Social Benefits:

  • Head Start children are significantly less likely to have been charged with a crime than their siblings who did not participate in Head Start.
  • Young women who have experienced a quality early childhood program are 1/3 less likely to have out- of- wedlock births.
  • At-risk children not afforded the opportunity to participate in a quality early childhood program are five times more likely to be arrested repeatedly.

Socio-emotional Benefits:

  • Head Start children showed gains in:
    • Cooperative classroom behavior
    • Reductions in hyperactive behavior
    • Improvement in other problem behavior
    • Self esteem
    • Achievement motivation
    • Social behavior