Forum Session

Reauthorizing Head Start: The Future Federal Role in Preschool Programs for the Poor
May 2, 2003


Jane Koppelman, Consultant


This Forum session examined the many issues involved in President Bush’s proposal to allow states to integrate Head Start with state preschool and other child care monies to create a more uniform, state-run, early childhood system with a single goal—school achievement. A description of and rationale for the administration’s early childhood proposal was presented and discussed, pro and con. Also described was Georgia’s universal prekindergarten program, with a focus on the program’s standards, funding levels, and degree of integration with Head Start and other government-funded child care programs, as well as the potential impact of the administration’s proposal on the state’s early childhood system. Representatives from a local Head Start program and from another state offered their comments as well.


Ron Haskins, PhD, Senior Fellow, Economic Studies, Brookings Institution; Edward Zigler, PhD, Founder and Director, Yale Center in Child Development and Social Policy, Yale University; Marsha Moore, Acting Director, Georgia Office of School Readiness.

Comments from:
Maryann Cornish, Director, Higher Horizons Head Start, Falls Church, Virginia; a state government representative

Related Materials

More information available in the accompanying publication, Issue Brief No. 789.

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