Early Childhood

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Partnering with LGBT families in Early Head Start and Head Start

Providers and federal staff are working to make Early Head Start and Head Start Centers more welcoming to LGBT families.

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Sesame Street Characters Murray and Alex will talk about their family in jail.

Improving the Future for Children of Incarcerated Parents

Obama Administration creates toolkit to help child welfare agencies, federal prisons and residential reentry centers keep incarcerated parents connected to children

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Autism Awareness and Acceptance

Supporting Children with ASD in Reaching Their Potential in Inclusive Environments

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President Barack Obama hugs students during a visit to Decatur, Ga., on Feb. 14, 2013. Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

Keeping Children Safe and Helping Families Find Quality Child Care

HHS proposes new child care regulations that will better ensure children’s health and safety in child care and promote school readiness.

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Photo by Jeff Martin, National Women’s Law Center: Cecilia Muñoz, White House Domestic Policy Council Director, welcomes guests.

Meeting with Mothers and Advocates for Our Children

This week, a coalition came to the White House to deliver 30,000 letters and art work thanking the President for his proposal to make high-quality preschool available for all children.

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Acting Assistant Secretary George Sheldon meets with San Antonio, Texas, Head Start students. Photo by Erik Gomez

Report on Dual Language Learners in Head Start and Early Head Start Delivered to Congress

More than a quarter of children enrolled in Head Start and Early Head Start are from homes where their parents speak to them primarily in a language other than English – usually Spanish.

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Acting Assistant Secretary George Sheldon participates in a science lesson with 4-year-old students at Tynan.

An Old School Gets a New Purpose

San Antonio citizens are revitalizing struggling communities and investing public dollars into early education.

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HHS Officials Dr. Howard Koh and Leon Rodriguez speak to community leader Venus Gines from Texas.

Working Across Hispanic Communities to Lift More Families into the Middle Class

More than 40 Hispanic community leaders from across the country attended ACF's National Hispanic Roundtable to discuss better ways to make our human services programs more accessible to eligible Hispanic families and children.

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First Round of Competitive Head Start Grantees Announced

The Obama Administration and the Office of Head Start have engaged in the most comprehensive reform in the history of the Head Start program to ensure delivery of the high-quality services to infants, toddlers and pre-schoolers. First group of potential grantees were announced this week.

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Education Secretary Arne Duncan and HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius talk to children in an education setting.

America's Middle Class Promise Starts Early

Early childhood education is one of the best investments we can make in America's future.

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