Head Start is the most important social and educational investment in children, families, and communities that the United States has ever undertaken. Over the past 50 years, it has provided a window of opportunity for success in life to more than 32 million low-income and other vulnerable children and their families across the United States. Head Start has remained strong in the face of changing political and fiscal climates because it has continually improved the services it delivers to children and families and responded to the changing needs of local communities.
Head Start programs prepare America’s most vulnerable young children to succeed in school and in life beyond school. To achieve this, Head Start programs deliver services to children and families in core areas of early learning, health, and family well-being while engaging parents as partners every step of the way.
Head Start encompasses Head Start preschool programs, which primarily serve 3- and 4-year-old children, and Early Head Start programs for infants, and toddlers. Head Start services are delivered nationwide through 1,600 agencies which tailor the federal program to the local needs of families in their service area.
Guiding low-income families toward self-sufficiency and success in school.
Helping Your Child Explore, Grow, & Learn
Head Start is a federal program that promotes the school readiness of children ages 6 weeks to five years from low-income families by enhancing their cognitive, social and emotional development. Over a million children are served by Head Start programs every year, including children in every U.S. state and territory and in American Indian and Alaskan Native communities.
Since 1965, nearly 30 million low-income children and their families have received these comprehensive services to increase their school readiness. Head Start programs offer a variety of service models, depending on the needs of the local community.
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