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DOUBLE TAP TO ZOOM WITH PHONE OR TABLET Foreword by Elizabeth Jones, PhD “One fine morning in the mid-1960s . . .”, this book begins, “Head Start . . . was launched with overwhelming support and goodwill. . . . Head Start declared that it could actually eradicate poverty in the United States.” That promise has been not been kept. At that mid-twentieth-century time of civil rights activism in America, deprivation and disadvantage were identified as social justice problems to be addressed by the federal government. Head Start was a multifaceted program designed to reach young chil- dren and their low-income families with compensatory educa- tion and health services. It required parent involvement; parents participated in the classroom and on committees and boards, and were encouraged to continue their own education. For many, Head Start became a job and career opportunity, as they became teachers and directors in early childhood programs. What did it do for the children? Not so much. xvii COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL