Head Start’s Tenth National Research Conference
HSRC10 Program (PDF, 1.46 MB)
HSRC10 Opening Session: Why the Environment Matters More for Children in Poverty
Four lines of research suggest that environmental interventions are more effective for children from families with fewer economic resources than for children from other families. Research and theory is reviewed from (a) genetics and developmental conceptualizations, b) child care research (b) experimental interventions, (c) sibling studies and (d) income change studies. Taken together, these studies suggest that public funds must be targeted to children from low-income families to set the stage for school success. The presenter argues that quality of education for low income children is essential for closing the achievement gaps, and that Head Start offers appropriate key supports to environmentally challenged children.