What We Do

Head Start and Early Head Start programs are administered by the Office of Head Start, within the Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The Office of Head Start (OHS) administers grant funding and oversight to 1,600 public and private nonprofit and for-profit agencies that provide Head Start services. OHS also provides federal policy direction Visit disclaimer page and a training and technical assistance (TTA) system to assist grantees in delivering comprehensive services to eligible young children and their families. Learn more about Head Start services.

The Office of Head Start was appropriated $10 billion in fiscal year 2019 Visit disclaimer page . Of that amount, $9.65 billion was awarded directly to public agencies, private nonprofit and for-profit organizations, tribal governments, and school systems to operate Head Start programs in local communities. To improve the quality of services provided by grantees, more than $239 million was directed to TTA. Half that amount was awarded directly to grantees to be used for local TTA and the other half funded the regional and national systems. More details about OHS funding and the services provided through this funding can be found in the Head Start Program Facts sheets Visit disclaimer page . Visit disclaimer page

To learn how to apply for a Head Start grant, see the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Locator section.

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