Head Start Programs

Head Start programs prepare America’s most vulnerable young children to succeed in school and in life beyond school. To achieve this, Head Start programs deliver services to children and families in core areas of early learning, health, and family well-being while engaging parents as partners every step of the way.

The Head Start program encompasses Head Start preschool programs, which primarily serve 3- and 4-year-old children, and Early Head Start programs for infants, toddlers, and pregnant women. Head Start programs operate in every state, many tribal nations, and several U.S. territories, including Puerto Rico. Head Start services are delivered nationwide through 1,600 agencies that tailor the federal program to the local needs of families in their service area.


Head Start Approach to Programming

Head Start programs operate locally to help young children from low-income families prepare to succeed in school, promoting children’s development through early learning, health, and family well-being.

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How to Apply

Head Start and Early Head Start programs provide free learning and development services to children ages birth to 5 from low-income families. All programs welcome children with disabilities.

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