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Head Start/Early Head Start

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About Head Start/Early Head Start

Free programs to support health, development, and well-being of infants, toddlers and young children

Head Start programs support children’s growth from birth to age five through services that support early learning and development, health, and family well-being. Head Start staff actively engage parents, recognizing family participation throughout the program as key to strong child outcomes.

Head Start services are available at no cost to children ages birth to age five in eligible families. Head Start preschool services work with families with children ages 3 to 5. Early Head Start services work with families with children ages birth to age three, and many also serve expectant families. Many programs operate both Head Start preschool and Early Head Start services. Programs deliver child development services in center-based, home-based, or family child care settings. All Head Start programs continually work toward our mission for eligible children and families to receive high-quality services in safe and healthy settings that prepare children for school and life. Website is available in Spanish and other languages by choosing “Settings and Language/Translate this page” in the upper right.