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The long-term impact of the Head Start program

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In this Economic Analysis, we investigate the impact of Head Start on a new set of long-term outcomes, extending landmark analyses further into adulthood and considering the effect of Head Start on participants' children. Among the key takeaways of the analysis are: - Consistent with the prior literature, we find that Head Start improves educational outcomes--increasing the probability that participants graduate from high school, attend college, and receive a post-secondary degree, license, or certification. - Overall and particularly among African American participants, we find that Head Start also causes social, emotional, and behavioral development that becomes evident in adulthood measures of self-control, self-esteem, and positive parenting practices. - We find that Head Start participation increased positive parenting practices for each ethnic group and for participants whose mothers did not have a high school degree when compared with the outcomes of children who went to a preschool other than Head Start. (author abstract)
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