First and foremost, Head Start works!!! HS has been here for 46 yrs because it does prepare children for school in all areas of development. I believe the study shows there is no major difference in children after the third grade, not the first grade. This is a wonderful thing!!! They (low income children) are not behind, they are with their peers.
HS is so much more than babysitting or a school. HS not only prepares children for school but also provides nutrition, health, mental health, dental, and family services for every family.
Yes, there were some centers nation wide that commited fraud and I am upset with that fact as well. However, there are not too many companies or organizations that haven't, yet they are still funded. We can not judge every HS based on a few centers that made bad choices. This is based nationally, but locally we have some of the best HS in the state. Seq Valley HS has had the highest average scores statewide for the last 9 yrs. We should be supporting such an oranization, not tearing it down.