What Is Head Start?
Head Start is a federal program that promotes the school readiness of
children ages birth to 5 from low-income families by enhancing their
cognitive, social and emotional development.
Head Start programs provide a learning environment that supports children's growth in:
Language and literacy
Cognition and general knowledge
Physical development and health
Social and emotional development
Approaches to learning
Head Start programs provide comprehensive services to enrolled
children and their families, which include health, nutrition, social
services and other services determined to be necessary by family needs
assessments, in addition to education and cognitive development
services. Head Start services are designed to be responsive to each
child and family’s ethnic, cultural and linguistic heritage.
Head Start emphasizes the role of parents as their child’s first and
most important teacher. Head Start programs build relationships with
families that support:
Family well-being and positive parent-child relationships
Families as learners and lifelong educators
Family engagement in transitions
Family connections to peers and community
Families as advocates and leaders