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The Nation

The House approved a four-year extension of the Head Start program, launched at President Lyndon B. Johnson’s urging in the 1960s to help the children of poor families. The bill to continue Head Start and related programs was approved on a 377-33 vote and sent to the Senate. The preschool Head Start program is intended to help children of low-income families develop skills that enable them to enter school on an even footing with other children. The program now serves about 452,000 children and operates on a $1.2-billion budget.


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