Before Head Start: The Iowa Station and America's Children by Hamilton Cravens

By Hamilton Cravens

among the Nineteen Twenties and the Fifties, the kid welfare move that had originated as an ethical reform attempt within the revolutionary period advanced into the technology of kid improvement. In Before Head Start, Hamilton Cravens chronicles this change, either at the nationwide point and from the point of view of the field's best-known study heart, the collage of Iowa's baby Welfare examine Station. Addressing the altering function performed via girls and the significance of Rockefeller philanthropy, he exhibits how a women's reform stream turned a male-dominated, conservative occupation and demonstrates how lay strain teams can impact the buildings and tactics of technological know-how. lively by way of the reformist objectives of the kid welfare stream, scientists on the Iowa Station challenged the pervasive concept that an individual's improvement was resolute by way of such staff qualities as race, type, and gender. in its place, their learn urged that early social intervention may perhaps rescue a toddler from a grim destiny. Cravens argues that this individualistic viewpoint, rejected within the Forties via a systematic neighborhood that reflected society's deterministic notions, expected the nationwide social reforms of the post-1950s period, together with Head Start.

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