The Preschool Picture
In this piece, Chester Finn weighs in on the issues surrounding universal preschool. One of the big elements of this issue has to do with the Head Start program. Finn assesses the program and opines that a more strident emphasis on standards and academic outcomes would be beneficial to children and would thus make Head Start a more worthwhile venture. According to Finn, "Head Start needs urgent attention, too, if policymakers are serious about preschool. Despite its popularity, despite the billions spent on it, and notwithstanding the decent job it does of targeting services on needy kids, today’s Head Start, when viewed through the lens of pre-K education and kindergarten readiness, amounts to a wasted opportunity."