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Office of Head Start, Administration for Children and Families - ACF/OHS

Organization URL(s)

www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ohs/

Other Contact Information

Administration for Children and Families Office of Head Start 1250 Maryland Avenue SW, 8th Floor
Washington, DC 20024
202-205-8573 (Voice)

Description

The Head Start program provides grants to local public and private non-profit and for-profit agencies to provide comprehensive child development services to economically disadvantaged children and families, with a special focus on helping preschoolers develop the early reading and math skills they need to be successful in school. In FY 1995, the Early Head Start program was established to serve children from birth to three years of age in recognition of the mounting evidence that the earliest years matter a great deal to children's growth and development. Head Start programs promote school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of children through the provision of educational, health, nutritional, social and other services to enrolled children and families. They engage parents in their children's learning and help them in making progress toward their educational, literacy and employment goals. Significant emphasis is placed on the involvement of parents in the administration of local Head Start programs.

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Review Date

Thursday, Nov 17, 2011