Head Start

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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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Reform continues: Head Start grant applicants under review

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

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

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?

Look Before You Lock

Leaving a child inside a vehicle with the windows rolled up --- even a few minutes – can have deadly consequences.  ACF is raising awareness and reminding its child care and Head Start providers and the general public to follow simple steps to avoid preventable tragedies.

Acting Assistant Secretary George Sheldon and Puerto Rican Secretary Yenitisia Irizarry walk on the grounds of a runaway and homeless shelter in Puerto Rico.

ACF Meets with Caribbean U.S. Leaders to Discuss Partnership, Social Well-Being and Economic Development

Acting Assistant Secretary George Sheldon visited with local partners in the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico to discuss flexibility within existing programs to provide necessary assistance for those most in need. Where allowable by law and regulation, ACF is ready to work with local partners to combat poverty experienced by U.S. citizens in the Caribbean.

Head Start Competition

HHS Releases Funding Opportunities for 97 Head Start Service Areas

Today, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced the availability of Head Start funding in 97 Head Start service areas across the country.  

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