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Head Start Explainers
One-pagers on Head Start's impact on children and families

NHSA is pleased to share a new resource: one-pagers on Head Start's impact on children and families. We hope you will use these when communicating with outside partners, whether it be your representatives in Congress or partners in your community. These are meant to provide a research basis to your conversations, but we hope you will begin and end your conversations with stories of your own program and your efforts to support children and families.

We have compiled this series to share information on a variety of topics, so each one-pager focuses on one component of the Head Start Advantage. We are also pleased to share citations for all of the points made in each of the resources below.

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School Readiness

In brief...

School readiness describes the level at which children possess the skills, knowledge, and attitudes necessary for success in school and life.

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Physical Health

In brief...

Early brain development lays the foundation for cognitive, motor, and socio-emotional abilities throughout a child’s life-time. Low-income families are at a higher risk for experiencing food and nutrition insufficiency.

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Social-Emotional Health

In brief...

Social-emotional development refers to a child’s ability to create and sustain meaningful relationships and his or her ability to engage with his or her own emotions and the emo-tions of others.

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Child Welfare

In brief...

Children who live in poverty are twice as likely as their afflu-ent peers to have been exposed to three or more distress-ing and traumatic life events.

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Dual Language Learners

In brief...

According to the U.S. Census Bureau (2017), the number of children who speak a language other than English at home has increased from approximately 19.8% in 2007 to approxi-mately 21.3% in 2017.

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Early Head Start

In brief...

Children experience dramatic expansion and change in brain development in their first three years.

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Parent Advancement

In brief...

Family stability and well-being are strong contributors to a child’s outcomes in early childhood and throughout their lifetime.

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Questions?

If you have any questions, please email us at research@nhsa.org.