Ed­ward Zigler, `father of Head Start,' dies in Con­necti­cut

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NORTH HAVEN, Conn. — Ed­ward Zigler, a Yale Univer­sity pro­fes­sor who helped cre­ate the Head Start pro­gram for dis­ad­van­taged preschool­ers in the 1960s, has died at his Con­necti­cut home. He was 88 years old.

The univer­sity said in a state­ment that Zigler, known as the “Father of Head Start,” died in his sleep Thurs­day in North Haven.

Yale called Zigler a pi­o­neer in the ap­pli­ca­tion of de­vel­op­men­tal psy­chol­ogy to so­cial pol­icy. Af­ter Pres­i­dent Lyn­don John­son de­clared a war on poverty, Zigler and oth­ers founded the child de­vel­op­ment pro­gram that has served more than 32 mil­lion chil­dren since 1965.

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