Slate.com posted an interesting article on Head Start programs and the effect they have on students. For those who don’t know Head Start is a federal program that provides free or reduced cost school to kids from birth to 5 years old. Essentially, the studies have found that children in Head Start programs don’t do any better than children who aren’t enrolled in pre-k education. What is important about this is that kids enrolled in the only other federally subsidized pre-k day care, through the Child Care Development Fund, actually do substantially worse than kids not in the program. Therefore, if you think of Head Start as essentially federally subsidized day care, it is a success. So schools are more than mere schools, they are also day care centers, food bank, clothing bank, and on and on.