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View Diary: Head Start -- Why McCain is wrong [Updated] (28 comments)

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  •  it's even worse than you think... (6+ / 0-)

    You mention kids without books, in poverty, from broken homes etc. The reality can be so much worse. I worked for Head Start for a couple of summers in college, and one of my family members worked there for 20+ years... quite a few of the kids in our program were the children of drug dealers, drug addicts, criminals or prostitutes. Many did not come from English speaking homes, adding another degree of difficulty to their school experience since they had to learn English first.

    These are seriously at-risk kids in terrible environments. The fact that we can pull them up to the same level as all the other kids with a pre-school program and a healthy meal or two every day is nothing short of a fantastic return on investment.

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