Head Start

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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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Head Start Relies on Community Partners

Check out our video blog on strong community partnerships in Head Start.

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New ACF Native Language Initiative Proposal

The Community Native Language Coordination Initiative will enable Native American communities to create a cradle to career native language education system.

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How Head Start Grantees Set and Use School Readiness Goals

The report includes challenges that grantees face, along with suggestions and implications for policy, technical assistance, practice and research.

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Head Start Volunteers Make a Difference

In the 2013-14 program year, Head Start received 367,000 volunteers who were not Head Start parents.

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President’s FY 2016 Budget for Head Start

Proposed budget increases Head Start, Early Head Start, EHS-Child Care Partnerships and cost of living for all programs.

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FY 2016 Budget Emphasizes Importance of High Quality Early Learning and Supporting Young Parents

President Obama: “It’s time we stop treating child care as a side issue, or as a women’s issue, and treat it like the national economic priority that it is for all of us.”

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ACF Programs Receive Boost from FY 2016 Budget

Obama Administration proposes increased funding for children’s services, domestic violence survivors and anti-trafficking programs.

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Exploratory Impact Findings of Social-Emotional Enhancements on Three-Year-Olds

Three-year-olds in Head Start have increased from 24 percent in 1980 to 40 percent in 2013.

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Leading the Way in Community Partnerships

From the very start, Head Start was envisioned as a community effort.

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