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Steps Forward for Head Start

The first wholesale revision to the Head Start Program Performance Standards in the program’s history.

Children at Head Start Storytime

New Head Start Performance Standards

A decade in the making, these standards are designed to better serve children and families.

Little Girl reaching upwards on a summer day

What Can You Do to Prevent Exposure to Zika?

Knowing how Zika is transmitted can help you protect your family.

young boy looking through domed window in a playground.

A Rising Tide of Attention to the Early Childhood Workforce: Releasing the Early Childhood Career Pathway Statement

Attracting, supporting, and retaining high quality early childhood educators and program directors requires intentional policies and practices

Young childs hand reaching for colored chalk

Promoting the Development of Dual Language Learners: Helping All Children Succeed

Speaking more than one language has advantages for brain development, and dual language learners need to be supported to reach their potential.

Young boy playing in a park

High Quality Early Care and Education is Child Maltreatment Prevention

A decade of collaboration on early childhood issues and child welfare.

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Comprehensive Services and Training/Technical Assistance in Head Start

T/TA system helps grantees focus on strengths and identify possible barriers to providing a high-quality program.

A vintage photo of a Head Start teacher with a group of children.

Head Start’s Comprehensive Approach to Child Development

Head Start was created with input by experts who supported a comprehensive program: health, social services and education.

Smaller version of ACF 25th Anniversary Word Cloud with human services terms.

Affecting Change for Children

The Administration for Children and Families is celebrating 25 years of impacting people, affecting change and empowering families.

Photo of a mother holding her son who is sad.

A Lesson in Early Childhood Homelessness

Almost 1.3 million children under the age of six experienced homelessness in 2013, and data show that this number has since risen.

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