Head Start is a community-based, comprehensive early education program that gives young children from at-risk backgrounds the skills they need to be successful in school and life.
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Head Start’s Model: Nationwide, Comprehensive, Multi-Generational
In the six decades since our founding, we have reached a new milestone: 37 million children have been served by Head Start. That is 1 out of every 11 Americans. Innovators and communicators, advocates and thinkers, health care heroes and teachers themselves—our alumni represent the vast and diverse fabric of our country. When we speak with our alumni, they recall the warmth they felt from their Head Start teachers. Kind words that gave them comfort and nutritious meals that felt like home. For many, this start to their educational journey imprinted a love of learning and a sense of possibility.
From early math and reading skills to confidence and resilience, Head Start helps children build the skills they need to be successful in school and life. Our comprehensive approach meets the needs of the whole child, addressing health and wellbeing as well as ABCs and 123s. Our success is in the stories, testimony, and experiences of our 37 million living proof points of Head Start’s impact and decades of rigorous research on how equitable access to preschool and wraparound services breaks the cycle of poverty in communities across the country.
Fathers participated in program governance
Parents received job training
Home visits were conducted
Children received a behavioral health treatment plan
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.