Provide comprehensive, high quality, developmental services designed to empower children and their families.
WHAT IS HEAD START?
Head Start is a national early childhood development program that promotes school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of children through the provision of educational, health, nutritional, social and other services to enrolled children and families.
The Head Start program provides grants to local public and private non-profit and for-profit agencies to provide free comprehensive child development services to qualifying children and families.
Each Head Start center engages parents in participating in their children’s learning and also helps parents find resources to make progress toward their own educational, literacy and employment goals.
Head Start has a strong emphasis on the involvement of parents in the administration and leadership of local Head Start programs.
In 1995, the Early Head Start program was established to serve children from birth to three years of age in recognition of the mounting evidence that the earliest years matter a great deal to children’s growth and development.