What is Head Start

What is Head Start?

Head Start originated as a component of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s “war on poverty” in 1965. Head Start currently provides comprehensive early learning services to nearly 1 million children from birth to age five each year through nearly 50,000 classrooms, home-based programs, and family child care partners nationwide.

Lyndon B. Johnson

Since its inception in 1965, Head Start has been a leader in helping children from low-income families reach kindergarten more prepared to succeed in school and in life. (Federal Register/ Vol. 80, No. 118 / Friday, June 19, 2015 / Proposed Rules (p. 35430)) Years later, Head Start continues to provide comprehensive services to enrolled children and their families, including health, nutrition, social, and other services determined by a family needs assessment.

The Head Start/Early Head Start program is designed to promote the school readiness of children ages birth to five from low-income families by enhancing their cognitive and social/emotional competence. In addition, Head Start provides services and education to prepare families to advocate for themselves and their children through parent education and the provision of resources. Head Start is a central part of this Administration’s effort to ensure all children have access to high quality early learning opportunities and to eliminate the education achievement gap. (Federal Register/ Vol. 80, No. 118 / Friday, June 19, 2015 / Proposed Rules (p. 35430))

For more information about Head Start, please visit: HHS: Head Start

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