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Does Head Start Make a Difference?

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  • Thomas, D.
  • Currie, J.

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The impact of participation in Head Start is investigated using a national sample of children. Comparisons are drawn between siblings to control for selection. Head Start is associated with large and significant gains in test scores among both whites and African-Americans. However, among African-Americans, these gains are quickly lost. Head Start significantly reduces the probability that a white child will repeat a grade but it has no effect on grade repetition among African-American children. Both whites and African-Americans who attend Head Start, or other preschools, gain greater access to preventive health services. Copyright 1995 by American Economic Association.

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Paper provided by Yale - Economic Growth Center in its series Papers with number 694.

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Length: 45 pages
Date of creation: 1993
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Handle: RePEc:fth:yalegr:694

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