The American Rescue Plan

Policy Change Affecting Head Start Families and Programs

What is in the ARP?

In addition to Head Start funding, this legislation includes critical supports with the potential to lift millions of families out of poverty.

Impact on Head Start

The legislation includes key takeaways not only for program leaders, but also for staff working with families and caregivers.

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The American Rescue Plan

On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan (ARP) into law. The sweeping $1.9 trillion legislation has the potential to lift millions of children and families out of poverty. Through expanded access to benefits and increased direct support, the ARP will have a ripple effect throughout the communities that Head Start serves.

As trusted partners of so many families, Head Start has the opportunity to build awareness and leverage policy changes to ensure the families it serves are best positioned to succeed through access to these new and expanded supports. Provisions in the law are designed to lessen the economic impact of the pandemic on children and families, but they also go beyond that. There will be effects to tax credits for parents and legal guardians, expanded access to health coverage, and much, much more!

How does it support Head Start families and communities?

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARP) includes $1 billion for Head Start and Early Head Start, among many other key provisions to address the devastating impact of COVID-19.

The additional funding for Head Start will provide essential support for local programs’ continued delivery of safe, high-quality services to children and families from at-risk backgrounds.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Head Start has continually adapted to meet the needs of our nation's children and families safely, and Head Start’s inclusion in the ARP enables local programs to support lasting change in Congress and the administration’s efforts to eradicate childhood poverty.

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Resources for the Head Start Community

Guide to the ARP & Head Start

This document is a guide to provisions in the law that are designed to lessen the economic impact of the pandemic on children and families. Please review these resources and explore the links provided to learn more.

El Plan de Recuperación Estadounidense & Head Start

Este documento es una guía de provisiones en la ley que están diseñadas para disminuir los impactos económicos de la pandemia sobre niños/as y las familias.

Webinar: The American Rescue Plan and Head Start Families:

President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act (ARP) into law. The $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill includes $1 billion for Head Start, among additional funding to address poverty in significant ways. Join us to discuss what this legislation means for Head Start.


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