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U.S. Responses to the Poor

President Lyndon B. Johnson declared a "War on Poverty" during his State of the Union Speech in 1964. This speech set in motion a series of bills and acts designed to help even the poorest Americans. Some of these programs included Head Start, food stamps, Medicare and Medicaid. These programs did bring about results which reduced the rates of poverty in the U.S. In general, the living standards of the poor improved measurably. This article focuses on Head Start and SNAP.

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President Lyndon B. Johnson declared a "War on Poverty" during his State of the Union Speech in 1964. This speech set in motion a series of bills and acts designed to help even the poorest Americans. Some of these programs included Head Start, food stamps, Medicare and Medicaid. These programs did bring about results which reduced the rates of poverty in the U.S. In general, the living standards of the poor improved measurably.

Head Start's mission is to "promote healthy prenatal outcomes, enhance the development of infants and toddlers, and promote healthy family functioning." http://www.acf.hhs.gov. This organization devotes its time to creating legislative and budgetary proposals; investing in research; creating and implementing programs that enhance early education opportunities for our nation's children. This organization is unique in that it not only focuses on education, but also on the health and well-being of the children in order to optimize the educational experiences of each child.

According to W. Steven Barnett who is the Director of the National Institute for Early Education Research, Head Start is a success. After four decades of research, the data shows that Head Start delivers quality education, health, nutrition, and social services to children and their families. Thus, the lives of many Americans are improved. There has been some opposition to Head Start. Critics claim that Head Start does not have any ...

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