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Moneyball for Head Start: Using data, evidence, and evaluation to improve outcomes for children and families

Head Start is a valuable federal program that improves the lives of our nation's most vulnerable children and their families. Research shows that Head Start programs improve children's learning at school entry and have a positive impact on long-term life outcomes. Yet research also suggests that Head Start could have a stronger impact on children's early learning, school, and life outcomes. The key question is, how can policymakers and practitioners maximize outcomes for Head Start children and their families? This paper -- the product of a combined effort of Results for America, Bellwether Education Partners, the National Head Start Association, and the Volcker Alliance -- outlines a vision for a continuous improvement approach that uses data, evidence, and evaluation to improve outcomes at all levels of the Head Start program. (author abstract)
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