(DES MOINES) The Child and Family Policy Center of Iowa is reacting to a State education report that questions the long-term impact on children in the Head Start preschool program.
Charlie Bruner of the Child and Family Policy Center of Iowa calls the State reports a “head scratcher”.
“The figures that they cite are really at variance to what the Department of Education has provided more generally and we’ve done analysis that shows that preschool programs are associated with improved third grade reading; that they make about a five percent difference in terms of kids reading proficiency,” said Bruner.
Bruner says, however, given that the program receives 60-million dollars from the State of Iowa it’s important to review the outcomes. But, for the record, he disagrees with the State’s latest finding that some of the gains of preschool education are lost by the time a child enters the 3rd grade.
Iowa Radio Network