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Head Start Programs

Head Start is a federally funded comprehensive child development program that has served low-income children and their families since 1965 and was later updated by the Head Start Act of 1981. It is the longest-running program to address proverty in the United States. Head Start is a program of the United States Department of Health and Human Services that also provides comprehensive education, health, nutrition, and parent involvement services to low-income children and their families.

Head Start actually consists of two programs: Head Start and Early Head Start. Head Start is a comprehensive early childhood development program primarily serving low-income preschool-age children and their families while Early Head Start was established during the 1994 Reauthorization of head start. Early Head Start is a comprehensive early childhood program serving primarily low-income children prenatal to age three, pregnant women, and their families.

Eligibility for Head Start services is largely income-based (100% of the federal poverty level), though each locally-operated program includes other eligibility criteria such as disabilities and services to other family members.

As an individual, you can help within your community by promoting the head start programs to families that may not be aware that this program exist.

In the map below, click on your state to find locations and more information about head start programs.

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