Head Start programs prepare America’s most vulnerable young children to succeed in school and 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.
Head Start encompasses Head Start preschool programs, which primarily serve 3- and 4-year-old children, and Early Head Start programs for infants and toddlers.
Early Head Start (EHS) serves infants and toddlers under the age of 3. The EHS program provides intensive comprehensive child development and family support services to eligible and toddlers and their families. The EHS program is designed to nurture healthy attachments between parent/child and caregiver/child. Services encompass the full range of a family’s needs from enrollment through a child’s third birthday.
Head Start (HS) serves eligible preschool children ages 3 to 4 years of age. The HS program promotes school readiness by supporting preschooler’s growth and development in a positive learning environment through comprehensive services, which includes early learning/child development, health/wellness and family well being.
Head Start services are available to eligible children ages birth through 4. Several locations operate both Head Start preschool and Early Head Start services. EHS services are all offered through partnerships in center-based or family childcare locations throughout the service area.
All Head Start programs continually work toward our mission supporting eligible children and families in receiving high-quality services, in safe and healthy settings that prepare children for school and life.