Head Start is a program of the United States Department of Health and Human Services that provides comprehensive early childhood education, health, nutrition, and parent involvement services to low-income children and their families.
Head Start is a FREE program for pre-school children ages 3 to 5 that meet the income guideline. Our focus is on Education, Social emotional, Cognitive, Physical, Language literary skills, and family engagement. Providing FREE health screening and FREE nutritious meals.
The program's services and resources are designed to foster stable family relationships, enhance children's physical and emotional well-being, and establish an environment to develop strong cognitive skills.
The transition from preschool to elementary school imposes diverse developmental challenges that include requiring the children to engage successfully with their peers outside the family network, adjust to the space of a classroom, and meet the expectations the school setting provides.
Head Start launched on May 18, 1965, when President Lyndon B. Johnson officially announced Project Head Start from the White House Rose Garden. At its launch, Head Start being serving more than 560,000 children and families across America in an eight-week summer program through Head Start Child Development Centers. It is administered through the Office of Economic Opportunity and is designed to help break the cycle of poverty, providing preschool children of low-income families with a comprehensive program to meet their emotional, social, health, nutritional and psychological needs.
The Early Head Start program was established to serve children from birth to three years of age in recognition of the mounting evidence that the earliest years matter a great deal to children's growth and development. Of particular importance is an understanding of the unique nature of infant and toddler development.