Children’s education in the United States has been trending downwards since the mid-2000s.
The trend has been particularly pronounced for children under the age of 6, and is now at a two-decade low, according to a report released Thursday by the National Association of Head Start Child Care Administrators (NASHCCA).
The study also found that nearly half of American children who enrolled in the program in the third year of their program in 2015 did not complete it.
“The drop in enrollment is significant, and our survey confirms that the trend has continued into the fourth year of the program,” said NASHCCM chief executive officer Linda F. Stahl.
According to NASHCOA, the program has provided more than 16 million students with preschool, kindergarten, and day care in the past decade.
Children attending Head Start programs now make up nearly 60% of preschool enrollees and 45% of kindergarten enrollees, according the report.
Many of the programs have long-term benefits for children.
They provide more than $100 million annually to help states cover the costs of Head Line programs, and also allow children to stay in the school for up to three years after they graduate.
For children who attend Head Start, it is important to recognize that a successful program may not always be as easy as it looks.
More than half of the children who participated in the NASHACC survey were not able to complete their preschool program in 2019 due to poor attendance, lack of financial resources, and other reasons.
NASHCOaC said the survey also found the drop in the number of children enrolled in Head Start in the first year of enrollment was much greater than that of other programs, as well.
That suggests that the program was being used as a “last-resort” to enroll children, rather than as a tool to help parents learn, it said.
Head Start programs in other countries have also been declining for some time.
In the United Kingdom, Head Start has been declining since 2007, according for example to a 2015 report by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
It has dropped to just over 1.3 million children aged 6-14 in 2020 from just over 2.1 million in 2009, according according to data from the Department for Education.
It is also down from about 2.7 million children in the UK in 2014, and from almost 3.5 million in 2005, according a report from the OECD in June.
Other countries have been better equipped to help kids who have experienced challenges in school, according as NASHC.
Brazil has been doing a lot to improve its child-focused school system, which has seen an influx of high-achieving students into the system over the past three years, the NASSA report said.
The Brazilian government has been working with a number of schools and other providers to improve their services and policies.
While the number and rate of Headline children dropping out of the preschool program have increased, the decline in children attending Head Line schools has been even more pronounced, the report found.
Despite this, there has been little change in overall child outcomes for children in Head Line families, the study found.
It found that children who had Head Line children enrolled had more difficulties in school and more behavioral problems than children who did not.
As children aged out of Head Lines, many were enrolled in an alternative program, according NASHNCaC.
In 2016, NASHCoA reported that the percentage of children in a Head Line program who were enrolled increased from 28% in 2014 to 36% in 2016.
However, the percentage dropped to 32% in 2017, and 35% in 2018.
Parents are more likely to see a decline in the outcomes of their children who enroll in Head Lines than for Head Line kids who do not, the research found.
NASHCA has launched a campaign to promote Head Line child care, and has made the case that Head Line is an option that families should consider if they cannot afford preschool.
“There is a tremendous amount of research showing that Head Start children are successful and have lower outcomes,” Stahl said.
“So we think that this program is one that is really going to be a long-run option.”