Quick Facts

  • 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.

  • 22%

    decrease in the number of children in foster care between 2002 and 2010.

  • 17

    Abandoned Infants Assistance projects funded by CB

    to help infants in families affected by HIV/AIDS.

  • 758

    letters sent to the White House

    in 2010 regarding child welfare issues and answered with CB assistance.

  • 174 Individuals & Organizations

    across the country have been recognized with Children’s Bureau Adoption Excellence Awards since 2001.

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