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A federal report released in July surveyed 90 studies of the Head Start programs and found that the federal program has had “no discernible” effects in math and social emotional development. Since 1965, the Head Start program has provided early childhood education in Native American communities, but measuring the success of Head Start in Native America is difficult because many of the studies do not include American Indian and Alaska Native students. How effective are Head Start and other early childhood education programs? Are Native students benefiting from early childhood education in your area?
Michelle Sarche (Lac Courtes Oreilles Ojibwe) – associate professor at the University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus in the Colorado School of Public Health
Patty Brown (Cherokee) – director for the Karuk head start and the National Indian Head Start Directors Association President
Sherry Rackliff – secretary of the National Indian Child Care Association
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