Head Start

Obama visits Head Start

What the President’s Early Learning Initiative Means for ACF Programs

President Obama’s focus on expanding and improving programs that prepare our youngest children for school and life is unlike any presidential commitment seen in recent years.

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President Obama visits an early education classroom in Georgia.

President Obama’s Plan for Early Education for All Americans

Improving the quality and access of early care and education programs yields long-term benefits for our nation’s future.

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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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Three sets of hands holding a house.

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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Preschool Boy Playing With Colorful Blocks.

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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Ocean County Community Economic Action Now Head Start leaders in New Jersey meet to discuss recovery efforts with Office of Head Start Director Yvette Sanchez Fuentes.

Working Together to Support Communities Impacted by Superstorm Sandy

Head Start centers in New York and New Jersey are opening their doors to their communities and helping put lives back together.

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Red Cross nurses at the Nassau Community College shelter explain to Acting Assistant Secretary George Sheldon and Michelle Davis, Region II Health Administrator, the care needs of families.

Serving Families After the Storm

ACF leadership visits New York and New Jersey to survey affected programs and meets with local officials who are ready to rebuild.

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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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Young children walking to school with backpacks and lunches.

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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