This page presents national data for Head Start in 2018-2019.
View the 2021 Head Start Fact Sheets.

Access to Head Start in the United States of America

 

Total Funded Head Start (HS) Slots: 652,422

Total Funded Early Head Start (EHS) Slots: 163,126

 

36% of eligible children ages 3 - 5 had access to HS.

11% of eligible children under 3 had access to EHS.

 


 

The United States' Head Start Workforce

 

There are 272,900 Head Start and Early Head Start jobs in the U.S.

HEAD START'S NATIONAL NUMBERS

$9,838,693,013

FY18 Federal Funding in the United States

 

22,355

slots were funded to serve American Indian / Alaska Native children

 

29,252

slots were funded to serve Migrant/Seasonal children

In the United States...

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24,460

fathers participated in program governance

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63,508

parents participated in job training

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4,632,050

home visits were conducted

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111,203

children received a behavioral health treatment plan

Long-Term Impact

Head Start participants are 12% less likely to live in poverty as adults and 29% less likely to receive public assistance.

"Evidence suggests Head Start not only helps kids develop and allows parents to go to work, but it may also help at-risk kids from ending up in the foster care system."

Head Start parents have steeper increases in their educational attainment by the time their children are six years old.