Head Start

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Opportunity for All

The foundations of opportunity begin at birth and grow rapidly during the early years of life.

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ACF Is Deepening Our Relationship with Tribes

Commissioner Sparks Robinson recently provided updates to the United South and Eastern Tribes who were in Washington, D.C., this week to discuss cross cutting issues on education, social services and economic development.

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President Obama delivering his State of the Union address.

State of the Union Spotlights Early Childhood Education

President Obama reminded us that research shows that one of the best investments we can make in a child’s life is high-quality early education.

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President Obama visits an early education classroom in Georgia.

Federal Role for Early Childhood Education

President Obama supports expanding access to high quality early childhood education and believes it is among the smartest investments that we can make.

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White Earth Nation Makes Great Progress in Building Stronger Early Childhood Systems

Tribal Early Learning Initiative has resulted in strong collaboration among Head Start/Early Head Start, Child Care and Development Fund, and Tribal Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting programs.

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Economic Mobility and Early Childhood Education

We must make sure that the first step in the ladder of opportunity is strong and available to all of our youngest children.

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New Information on the Early Care and Education Workforce

New brief presents data from the first-ever nationally representative survey of early care and education workers.

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Damaged homes in seaside town, Mantoloking, NJ. Photo Adam DuBrowa/FEMA

Hurricane Sandy: Thinking of our Families, Children and Child Care Providers

ACF continues to help rebuild communities affected by the storm.

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Why Obesity Matters

September is National Childhood Obesity Month.

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HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius reads a storybook to children in an early education classroom.

The Numbers Are In: Sequestration Cuts 57,000 Kids from Head Start

Those 57,000 include more than 51,000 fewer children in Head Start (ages 3-5) and nearly 6,000 fewer children, families and pregnant women in Early Head Start (ages 0-3) in the current program year due to sequestration.

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