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February 27, 1967

WASHINGTON NEWS

JAMA. 1967;199(9):33-35. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03120090011003

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Abstract

Health Proposals for Youth—  President Johnson asked Congress in a special message to provide new benefits for poor youths. In the special message "on America's children and youth," Johnson said:"We look toward the day when every child, no matter what his color or his family's means, gets the medical care he needs, starts school on an equal footing with his classmates, seeks as much education as he can absorb—in short, goes as far as his talents will take him."The President's proposals included:

  • A "follow through" program for Headstart, to carry it into the "first school grades for children in areas of acute poverty." Headstart, aimed now at preparing 4 to 6-year-olds in poverty areas for school, would be extended not only into the early grades under Johnson's proposal, but also to 3-year-olds and "through pilot programs... on even younger children."

  • Creation of "child and parent centers

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