posted Mar 23, 2012, 7:26 AM by Nashila Somani-Ladha
updated Mar 23, 2012, 7:40 AM
BY: Simon van Zuylen-Wood
PUBLISHED: March 23, 2012
Last month, I toured Washington D.C.’s Edward C. Mazique Parent Child Center, one of 1,600 low-income preschool providers funded by the federal Head Start program. At lunchtime, well-behaved four- and five-year-olds dutifully served each other apples, cucumbers, and noodle soup. Elsewhere, a more mischievous group rolled on the floor while a teacher patiently tried to read aloud. Everything I saw suggested happy students, clean classrooms, and engaged teachers. Indeed, Mazique has become something of a poster child for Head Start.