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Head Start Nationally

In 2013-2014, Head Start, Early Head Start, and Migrant Seasonal Head Start programs operated in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Palau, the Northern Mariana Islands, the Virgin Islands, Guam, and American Samoa. In total, grantee and delegate agencies served 1,076,109 children and pregnant women.

  • 948 Regional Early Head Start grantees and delegates cumulatively served 155,060 children ages 0-3 and pregnant women

  • 56 American Indian/Alaska Native Early Head start grantees and delegates cumulatively served 4,547 children ages 0-3 and pregnant women

  • 1,597 Regional Head Start grantees and delegates cumulatively served 865,559 children ages 3-5

  • 146 American Indian/Alaskan Native Head start grantees/delegates cumulatively served 19,858 children ages 3-5

  • 62 Migrant/Seasonal Head Start grantees/delegates cumulatively served 1,085 children ages 0-5 and pregnant women

Sequester cuts forced all grantees to cut 5.7% from their budgets for the 2013-2014 year. The cuts were administered based on local demand for different services, local areas of budget flexibility, and other variables. Overall, there was a decrease of 52,984 children and pregnant women served from the previous year; nationally, 3.6% fewer regional Early Head Start children were served in 2013-2014 than 2012-2013 and 5.0% fewer regional Head Start children. Decreases in services were wide-ranging, but top line impacts include:

  • 52,033 fewer children and women served

  • 951 fewer pregnant women served (-6.2%)

  • 2,182 preschool classrooms closed

  • 10,353 fewer staff employed (-4.4%)

  • 5.2% fewer grantees/delegates provided transportation, and 28,233 fewer children were transported (-9.7%)

Use the links on the right to download national or state-specific fact sheets about the children and families served in 2013-2014, sequester cuts, and more.

All data above are taken from the Head Start Program Information Report for 2013-2014.
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