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Research on Tulsa’s Head Start Program Finds Lasting Gains

In 1998 Oklahoma became one of only two states to offer universal preschool, and it’s been one of the most closely watched experiments in the country. Today, the vast majority of these programs are in public schools. The rest are run by child-care centers or Head Start, the federally funded early childhood education program.

Deborah Phillips, a professor of psychology at Georgetown University, has spent more than a decade studying and tracking children in these programs. Her most recent findings were just published in the journal,Developmental Psychology.