Quick Fact

  • baby boy toothbrush in mouth

    Among Head Start preschool-age children, 85% received preventive dental care and 87% have completed a professional dental examination during the 2011-2012 program year.

  • nurse doctor boy

    At the end of the 2011-2012 program year: 95% of Head Start children had health insurance; 96% had a medical home; and 96% had appropriate immunizations;

  • girl with walker

    In 2012, 12% of Head Start children had disabilities, and 99% of these children received special services.

  • boy resting head on pregnant stomach

    Through Early Head Start, more than 16,000 pregnant women received services to support the health and development of their babies in 2012.

  • three kids playing

    Head Start programs operate in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and six territories.

  • woman teacher with kids around a table

    In 2012, 30% of Head Start participants spoke a language other than English at home, representing more than 140 languages.

  • Women working at a table
    Over 1.3 million adults

    volunteered in Head Start programs in 2011

    More than 1.3 million adults volunteered in their local Head Start program in 2012. Of these, 867,000 were parents of Head Start children.

  • 17

    Children's Bureau grants

    were awarded in 2008 to support research on home visiting programs to prevent child maltreatment.

  • 15%

    decrease in the number of child abuse victims between 2005 and 2009.

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