Head Start and Early Head Start are comprehensive child development programs which serve children from birth to age 5, pregnant women, and their families. They are child-focused programs and have the overall goal of increasing the school readiness of young children in low-income families.
Early Head Start has a triple mission. It promotes healthy prenatal outcomes, enhances the development of infants and toddlers, and promotes healthy family functioning.
Source of definition: Head Start Bureau (now Office of Head Start)
Date of definition: May 2006
Note: View definitions of data variables related to Head Start:
The total number of children that an Early Head Start center is funded by the Head Start Bureau to enroll at any one time.
Source of data: Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Region V
Date of data: FY 2006 (school year 2005-2006)Geographic region: These data are available by state or county.
Note: The number of children that an Early Head Start center is funded to enroll at any one time may not be the same as the number that the center will serve over the course of a school year. Because children may leave the site or center and be replaced by other children, the funded enrollment may be less than the total number of children served.
Agencies or organizations that contract with the Head Start Bureau to provide or subcontract Early Head Start services in their area.
Source of data: Illinois Head Start Association (ILHSA)
Date of data: FY 2006 (school year 2005-2006)Geographic region: These data are available by 47 grantee service areas within the State of Illinois.
Note: View the list of Head Start grantees for FY2007 (FY2006 not available)
Note: Early Head Start serves pregnant women and families with children under 3 years of age with incomes up to 100% of the federal poverty level.
Web Resources: Head Start
- Office of Head Start
- How can I get my child into Head Start?
- Head Start: Legislation, Policies & Regulations
- Head Start Timeline
- Head Start Act of 2007
- Early Head Start National Resource Center (EHSNRC)
- Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center (ECLKC)
- Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)