What We Do

Head Start and Early Head Start are administered by the Office of Head Start (OHS), within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

OHS administers grant funding and oversight to the agencies that provide Head Start services. OHS also provides federal policy direction and a training and technical assistance (T/TA) system to assist grantees in providing comprehensive services to eligible young children and their families.

Head Start was appropriated $8,598,095,000 for FY 2014, including $7,782,420,000 awarded directly to public agencies, private nonprofit and for-profit organizations, tribal governments and school systems to operate Head Start programs in local communities, and $500,000,000 for Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership and Early Head Start Expansion. Training and Technical Assistance received $203,322,000 to improve the quality of services provided by grantees. Half that amount was awarded directly to grantees to be used for local T/TA, and the other half funded the national system. More details around OHS funding can be found in the FY 2014 Fact Sheet.

Last Reviewed: June 22, 2015