Head Start and Early Head Start are programs to serve
children younger than 5 years of age, pregnant women, and their families. The
goal of these programs is to increase school readiness of young children in
The programs are administered by the Head
Start Bureau; the Administration on Children, Youth, and Families (ACYF);
Administration for Children and Families (ACF); and the Department of Health
and Human Services (DHHS).
Local agencies get financial support in
order to operate Head Start programs. The services offered through Head Start
programs include medical, dental, mental health, nutrition, and parent
involvement. All Head Start programs must adhere to certain standards to
maintain operation. For more information, go to
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