Head Start?

Brittney - posted on 04/11/2012 ( 1 mom has responded )




I just don't understand the website (its not for our area, which is Council Bluffs, Iowa). What are the qualifications? Are they the same just about everywhere? Why do parents put their child in head start? Thanks in advance!

I was thinking maybe it would be good for my 18 month old daughter to be around kids her own age for a few hours every so often.


Katherine - posted on 04/11/2012




The Head Start program provides grants to local public and private non-profit and for-profit agencies to provide comprehensive child development services to economically disadvantaged children and families, with a special focus on helping preschoolers develop the early reading and math skills they need to be successful in school. In FY 1995, 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.

Head Start programs promote school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of children through the provision of educational, health, nutritional, social and other services to enrolled children and families. They engage parents in their children's learning and help them in making progress toward their educational, literacy and employment goals. Significant emphasis is placed on the involvement of parents in the administration of local Head Start programs.

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