Mental Health

The Journey to Recovery: Head Start Takes Action on Substance Use Disorders

Since its inception, the Head Start program has been responsive to addressing the emerging needs of families. Recent statistics show that up to 12% of children under 5 live with at least one parent with an alcohol or substance use disorder. Head Start and Early Head Start programs provide comprehensive services to enrolled children and their families. They include health, nutrition, social, education, cognitive, and other services determined to be necessary by family needs assessments and developmental screenings. Services are designed to be responsive to each child and family's ethnic, cultural, and linguistic heritage. Head Start programs can be a valuable resource to families by helping them connect to services available in the community. Review how Head Start programs are responding to and supporting families impacted by substance use disorders.

Explore the many services Head Start programs can provide to support families impacted by substance use. Learn how comprehensive services help families to increase stability and recover from addiction. Select this link to view more in the Head Start and the Opioid Crisis: Video Series.