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Head Start Program

The nation's largest program to help low-income pre-schoolers may be in for an overhaul. President Bush's new plans for Head Start include having pre-schoolers take a literacy test to assess how much they've learned in the program. Host Neal Conan and guests talk about the changes in store for Head Start and the best way to get kids ready for school.

Guests:

Wade F. Horn
* Assistant Secretary for Children and Families in the US Department of Health and Human Services

Dr. Nicholas Zill
* Project Director of Head Start National Reporting System
* A Child and Family Psychologist who's helping to develop a national child assessment test

Helen Blank
* Director of the Childcare Division at the Children's Defense Fund
* Head Start is under her charge

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