What is Head Start?

Parents, who are interested in Head Start and want to learn more, may find quick answers to questions regarding Head Start programs and services.


The following is an excerpt from Give Your Child a Head Start.

Q. What is Head Start?

A. Head Start is a Federal program for preschool children from low-income families. The Head Start program is operated by local non-profit organizations in almost every county in the country. Children who attend Head Start participate in a variety of educational activities. They also receive free medical and dental care, have healthy meals and snacks, and enjoy playing indoors and outdoors in a safe setting.

Head Start helps all children succeed. Services are offered to meet the special needs of children with disabilities. Most children in Head Start are between the ages of 3 and 5 years old. Services are also available to infants and toddlers in selected sites.

"What is Head Start?" Give Your Child A Head Start. HHS/ACF/ACYF/HSB. 1987. English.

Last Reviewed: May 2010

Last Updated: November 13, 2014