Why Head Start?

Head Start and Early Head Start are the country’s largest early childhood education programs, providing nearly one million children each year with school readiness and socialization skills. Head Start emphasizes the individual needs of each child and celebrates the unique ethnic and cultural characteristics of all.

Core attributes of the Head Start program include:

  • Developmentally appropriate early childhood education curriculum
  • Services for infants and toddlers through Early Head Start
  • Services for children with special needs
  • Family health and support services, fostering parent education and involvement