In Memory of Dr. Edward Zigler, “Father of Head Start”

Developmental psychologist and pioneer in early education Dr. Edward Ziglar passed away last month. He was 88 years old.

Dr. Ziglar was recruited by President Lyndon B. Johnson to design and carry out the Head Start program over 50 years ago, and in 1970 he became the first Director of the Office of Child Development and Chief of the U.S. Children’s Bureau.

More recently, he helped establish the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Early Head Start program and the network of Schools for the 21st Century.

From the Yale News, where Zigler was Sterling Professor Emeritus of Psychology: “Few have positively affected the lives of as many American children and families as Zigler.”