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Early Head Start (EHS) is a federally funded community-based program for low-income families with infants and toddlers and pregnant women. Its mission is to promote healthy prenatal outcomes for pregnant women, enhance the development of very young children, and promote healthy family functioning.

Source of definition: Early Head Start National Resource Center (EHSNRC)

Date of definition: April 2009

Note: View definitions of data variables related to Head Start:

Early Head Start FY2008, Number of Sites

The number of sites at which children are served in Head Start.

Source of data: Illinois Head Start Association, Chicago Youth Services, Ounce of Prevention

Date of data: FY 2008 (school year 2007-2008)

Geographic region: These data are available by state, county, township, IL State Senate district, IL State House district, ISBE region, IDHS region, municipality, and Zip code.

Note on sources: The data are derived from three sources:

  • Illinois Head Start Association (ILHSA) provided data for sites outside the City of Chicago.
  • Chicago Youth Services (CYS) provided data for those sites in the City of Chicago for which it served as grantee (the vast majority of the sites).
  • Ounce of Prevention provided data for sites in the City of Chicago for which it served as grantee (a few sites).
Early Head Start FY2008, Funded enrollment

Source of data: Illinois Head Start Association, Chicago Youth Services, Ounce of Prevention

Date of data: FY 2008 (school year 2007-2008)

Geographic region: These data are available by state, county, township, IL State Senate district, IL State House district, ISBE region, IDHS region, municipality, and Zip code.

Note on sources: The data are derived from three sources:

  • Illinois Head Start Association (ILHSA) provided data for sites outside the City of Chicago.
  • Chicago Youth Services (CYS) provided data for those sites in the City of Chicago for which it served as grantee (the vast majority of the sites).
  • Ounce of Prevention provided data for sites in the City of Chicago for which it served as grantee (a few sites).

Note: The funded enrollment for FY2008 reports center-based enrollment. It does not include home-based enrollment.

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 serves 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.

Head Start FY2008, Grantees

Agencies or organizations that contract with the Office of Head Start to provide or subcontract Early Head Start services in their area.

Source of data: Illinois Head Start Association (ILHSA)

Date of data: FY 2008 (school year 2007-2008)

Geographic region: These data are available by 47 grantee service areas within the State of Illinois.

Note: View a list of Head Start and Early Head Start grantees for FY2008.

Note: Early Head Start is a child development program for low-income families. Each Early Head Start program is responsible for determining its own eligibility criteria. Family income is one key factor in determining eligibility. (See the EHSNRC page)