The preschool Head Start program should be not only retained but greatly enhanced, said Edward Zigler, Ph.D., Sterling Professor of Psychology at Yale University, in the Spring Session keynote address.

Zigler, one of the founders of the landmark program, said that a program covering children from birth through age 8 would be a vast improvement over the single-year program now in existence.

"We must shape Head Start into a developmentally continuous program that invests in the lives of disadvantaged children and their families for a long enough time to make a difference," he said. "Children are the future, and an investment in an extended Head Start will reap handsome dividends in the years to come."

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