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Tracking students who first enrolled in 2004 in Head Start programs run by Tulsa's Community Action Project, and comparing them to classmates who didn't attend an early-childhood program, the research shows the CAP children scored significantly higher on state math achievement tests in middle school, were much less likely to repeat a grade and were much less likely to be chronically absent.
He has been part of ongoing research involving Tulsa’s Head Start program to evaluate the long-range effectiveness of early education programs. Last month, the latest study from Georgetown University showed that gains found among Tulsa’s Head Start students going into kindergarten and first grade can last into high school.
Whether Head Start can work "is an antiquated question at this point," said Deborah Phillips, a professor of psychology at Georgetown University and the co-author of a study that looked at middle school outcomes for children who took part in a Head Start program in Tulsa, Okla. "The answer is, yes it can," Phillips said. "The question now is, under what circumstances does the Head Start program produce these effects?"
Steven Dow is the director of Tulsa's Community Action Project, one of Oklahoma's largest anti-poverty agencies, and a partner with the Tulsa, Union and Sand Springs school districts in providing enhanced birth-to-four-year old education that includes enrichment and parenting training for families
Tulsa's biggest Head Start program, which is run by CAP Tulsa, a nonprofit group that serves 3- to 4-year-olds. It looked at how the students in the program were faring years later. And it found clear benefits for children who'd gone through the program. I talked with Phillips and asked her to summarize her findings.
Progress made as 4-year-olds has the most lasting impact for girls, white and Hispanic children, English Language Learners and those who are enrolled in the free-lunch program. That’s from the latest report in a long-term evaluation project by Georgetown University researchers, who began following the Tulsa children in 2001. The Tulsa Head Start program is administered by the Community Action Project.
An analysis of participants in a Tulsa Head Start program found many indicators that the federal early-education program works — and the positive effects last into middle school. Overall, participants in the Community Action Project Head Start program had higher math scores, lower rates of grade retention and were less likely to be chronically absent.
n analysis of participants in a Tulsa Head Start program found many indicators that the federal early-education program works — and the positive effects last into middle school. Overall, participants in the Community Action Project Head Start program had higher math scores, lower rates of grade retention and were less likely to be chronically absent.
A new review of Head Start by researchers at Georgetown University finds that, done well, the federal preschool program can have positive academic effects that last nearly a decade. The new findings stand in contrast to a handful of recent studies of Head Start that suggest its effects wear off fairly quickly.
Karen Kiely: Chief Operating Officer CAP Tulsa Story Comments Print Create a hardcopy of this page Font Size: Default font size Larger font size 1 Posted: Friday, July 22, 2016 12:00 am Lesa Jones firstname.lastname@example.org | 0 comments Karen Kiely heads CAP Tulsa, one of the largest and most innovative anti-poverty organizations in the region. Kiely advises, “There is no need to put up a façade; instead, be genuine, stand up for what is right, eschew organizational politics and ultimately, be true to yourself.”