“You get more consistency when you’re looking at head start. There are performance standards set by the federal government so there are minimums around quality, minimums around the types of services being provided, including services for parents.”
Making sure parents are involved may be the key as to why Head Start programs keep families together. Klein’s study didn’t answer why 93% of kids involved with Head Start didn’t end up in a foster home, but Head Start programs are known for making sure parents are involved.
Since 1965, Head Start programs have helped kids 5 and under living in poverty get exactly what the name implies according to CACS Head Start program director Mary Farrand, but says is doesn’t work without getting parents to be a part of the process.