Early Childhood

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Using CLASS™ to Improve Head Start Quality

Head Start's competitive process ensures the children it serves get the best early education their communities can offer.

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Expanding ECE Services for Homeless Children

More than 1.6 million children in the United States live on the streets or in homeless shelters. The Administration for Children and Families is providing resources for ways to look at how Head Start and child care providers can increase early care and education services for children who are homeless.

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Five More States Secure Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge Grants

Colorado, Illinois, New Mexico, Oregon and Wisconsin will each receive a share of the 2012 Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge $133 million grant fund to improve quality and expand access to early learning programs throughout their states. 

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Reform continues: Head Start grant applicants under review

More than 500 applications received are now under competitive review by panels.

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Choctaw Nation opens its child care center in Durant, Okla. Several community leaders pose for a ribbon cutting in front of the new facility.

Native American Tribes receive grants to improve early childhood program coordination

Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Confederate Salish & Kootenai Tribes, Pueblo San Felipe and White Earth Band of Chippewa Indians will participate in the Tribal Early Learning Initiative

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OCC Director Shannon Rudisill and Tenderheart ChildCare and Preschool Founder Angie Hogan

Child Care Centers Increase Physical Activity and Good Nutrition Practices

Read how Oregon child care provider Tenderheart Childcare and Preschool has the set the standard across the state by incorporating more physical activity and better nutrition practices for children in care.

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Head Start Mother Jackie Godinez holds her son Jeremy (pictured on the left) and Ashley (pictured on the right).

Children Get a Head Start on Health

Head Start provides low-income children access to quality education and good health practices.

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ACF Prepares Next Generation of Elementary Students

ACF releases interactive map and fact sheets showing resources, grantees and staff dedicated to school readiness in each state

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More ACF programs are using social media to promote services

Every month, more Administration for Children and Families programs are coming online and promoting their services on the Internet with social media tools. Have you subscribed or “friended” these pages yet?

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Partnerships at All Levels Serve Children and Families

Everyone who works in the early childhood field has the same goal: making sure there are high quality services and supports for young children and their families.

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