I'm sure we could go on for weeks with posts of dueling statistics so here's some data I found re head start.
Mainly though the charge was that liberal programs love to "reward failure".
My point with citing Head Start is that the 4 year olds are not being rewarded for any failure on their part but are being given the tools of an early childhood education that will enable them to make the most of their abilities and the education that is available to them.
This is surely a positive thing.
The preliminary results of a randomly selected longitudinal study of more than 600 Head Start graduates in San Bernardino County, California, showed that society receives nearly $9 in benefits for every $1 invested in these Head Start children. These benefits include increased earnings, employment, and family stability, and decreased welfare dependency, crime costs, grade repetition, and special education.
1 Parental involvement contributes to positive growth and upward mobility of Head Start parents.
2 As adults, those who attended a quality early childhood program are about three times as likely to be homeowners by age 27 compared to those who did not benefit from the program. 3 Home ownership is an indicator of successful adaptation to society.