Head Start founder weighs in on Impact Study Head Start founder weighs in on Impact Study
In this critique of the National Impact Study, Dr. Edward Zigler, regarded as one of the founders of Head Start, argues that the study did in fact demonstrate that Head Start got children ready for school as advertised. Zigler challenges some of the methodology of the study and pushes back against the idea that the study proves Head Start does not work. Quite the contrary says Zigler. But most importantly, Zigler suggests that the study is a wake-up call to Head Start programs. He proposes several reforms, including requiring BA teachers, smaller teacher to child ratios, more intensive home visiting services, and stronger accountability.