Early Childhood

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Working to Improve the Well Being of Families

ACF addresses health issues in program delivery.

Lady Bird Johnson visits a Head Start classroom.

Head Start Turns 50

Head Start has provided 32 million children with comprehensive early learning experiences, including school readiness, health, mental health, nutrition, and family engagement supports.

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How Can Understanding Human Development Help Improve Program Effectiveness?

Growing research on early adversity, trauma and toxic stress underscore importance of both reducing stressors on children and families and helping them cope.

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Welcome the New Office of Head Start Director

HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced that Dr. Blanca Enriquez will lead Office of Head Start.

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Transforming the Workforce for Children Birth Through Age 8: A Unifying Foundation

Report provides one of the most important studies of the workforce in our nation’s history.

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Tribal Home Visiting Program Highlighted at Congressional Briefing

Evidence-based home visiting resonates with indigenous values about the importance of community.

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ACF Releases 2015-2016 Strategic Plan

Document reflects ACF’s shared vision and commitment to priority work for the coming year.

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A Student from the First Class of Head Start Remembers

Head Start children in Appalachia got an opportunity to experience a different world

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CDC’s Essentials for Parenting Toddlers and Preschoolers

Using positive parenting to promote safe, stable and nurturing relationships

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A Portrait of 2-Year-Olds in Early Head Start, Their Families and the Programs Serving Them

New Early Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey report shares findings on the children and families enrolled and program services.

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