The Head Start program has been linked to a 2.7% increase in high school graduation, an 8.5% increase in college enrollment, and a 39% increase in college graduation. Participating children also achieved approximately 0.65 more years of education. Head Start also reduced the incidence of adult poverty by 23%, and reduced the incidence of public assistance receipt by 27%, relative to children born in the same county who were age six when the program began. Adults who had participated in Head Start as children were 5% more likely to have worked in the previous year. These individuals . . .