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American Agenda (Education: Head Start) #120672

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Feb 02, 1989
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(Studio: Peter Jennings ) History of Head Start program for education of children reviewed. Report introduced.

(Bradenton, Florida: Ron Claiborne) Role of Head Start program in educating American's poor children featured; case of one single parent's efforts to educate her daughter cited; scenes shown. [Mother Win WAITERS - talks about Head Start.] Historical scenes shown of President Lyndon Johnson, who began Head Start program as part of his war on poverty. Impt. of Head Start, especially to children of disadvantaged families, explained; classroom scenes shown. [Early childhood specialist Barbara BOWMAN - explains need to start early.] Involvement of parents as part of Head Start program noted. [Parent Vernice THOMAS, Towanda BRINSON - comment.] Evaluation of Head Start children given. [Co-founder John NIEMEYER - comments on program.] Criticisms of program reviewed. [BOWMAN - says more Head Start programs are needed.] Promises from President Bush mentioned.

(Studio: Peter Jennings ) Statistics about Head Start given.

Claiborne, Ron;
Jennings, Peter

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