During the first three years, children are constantly growing and acquiring new skills and knowledge. Surveillance systems have shown that injury is the leading threat to the health and well-being of young children.
Dr. Deborah Bergeron is the director of the Office of Head Start. Known as "Dr. B" to former students and teachers, she has spent three decades in pre-K–12 public education as a classroom teacher and elementary and high school administrator.
The National Center on Parent, Family, and Community Engagement has been awarded to Boston Children's Hospital Brazelton Touchpoints Center in collaboration with Child Care Aware of America, the Center for the Study of Social Policy, and Child Trends.
Delve into key moments in Head Start history! Explore the timeline below to access archival photographs, video, resources, and more.
The National Center on Program Management and Fiscal Operations has been awarded to University of Massachusetts (UMass) Donahue Institute in collaboration with Family Health International (FHI) 360 and ZERO TO THREE (ZTT). The Center is administered by the Office of Head Start (OHS).
This information sheet describes the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) model.
Learn about the five integral elements that build the Framework for Effective Practice, and apply its resources for all birth to five program options.
Every Head Start and Early Head Start program is required to develop a plan of action to meet desired outcomes of school readiness, family engagement, professional development), curriculum, assessment, and teaching practice. A key part of this plan is to make sure teachers, home visitors, and family child care providers intentionally support children’s progress. For this to happen, systems and services must come together as early as possible.
Learn about culturally and linguistically responsive screening of infants and toddlers and how to use this baseline data to identify concerns, plan and individualize.
It is important that all staff understand children’s home language is fundamental to their learning. This video explains why it is critical that dual language learners continue to learn their home language as they learn English for success in school and life.