And the track record for Head Start is not exactly stellar. In an article from the Heritage Foundation, Lindsey Burke notes that Head Start, at present is running the taxpayers about eight grand per child. Burke observes that after 48 years of operation and 180 billion dollars in tax dollars the program has had a negligible effect on the education of the children it ostensibly serves. A report by Health and Human Services no less, reveals that the program has not delivered on its promises, and has in fact federal studies indicate that the program has had an adverse impact on peer-relations and math abilities. Also worth mentioning is the fact that Head Start is only one of 69 federal preschool programs already being utilized under the auspices of 10 different federal agencies. Those agencies include HHS, USDA, HUD and the GSA. The current cost is $25 billion per annum.
It would be one thing if the money was spent on a program that achieved its objectives. But clearly the government has managed to make early childhood education the scholastic equivalent of Solyndra: a quantum singularity that absorbs money, time and possibly even light and matter, while giving nothing in return.
This new program promises to be yet another hazard on the country’s fiscal event horizon. More non-existent money spent on a program designed to do nothing but guarantee a cadre of federal bureaucrats job security until their pensions kick in.
The parents of these children would be far better served by giving them school vouchers and allowing them the opportunity of choosing where they will send their offspring to learn their ABC’s and the colors of the rainbow. Instead, we are being presented with more paperwork and worse yet another tab for a meal that has yet to be delivered by our federal waiter or waitress. Or waitperson. Server. Or whatever.