What is Head Start?
Project Head Start, launched initially as an eight-week summer program by the Office of Economic Opportunity in 1965, was designed to help break the cycle of poverty by providing preschool children of low-income families with a comprehensive program to meet their emotional, social, health, nutritional, and psychological needs. Recruiting children age three to school entry age, Head Start was enthusiastically received by education, child development specialists, community leaders, and parents across the nation.
What is Early Head Start?
Early Head Start, a program for pregnant women, infants and toddlers, was initiated in response to the changing needs of low-income families and to research indicating how critical the period from birth to age three is to a child's healthy growth and development. In 1994, the Secretary of Health and Human Services formed an Advisory Committee on Services for Families with Infants and Toddlers to design EHS. EHS evolved out of Head Start's long history of providing services to infants and toddlers and family support efforts serving families with very young children. Beginning in 1995, sixty-eight Early Head Start programs were funded to serve more than 5,000 pregnant women and families with children under age three.
Mid has been awarded an Early Head Start grant that will be used to provide services to 48 pregnant women, infants and toddlers in Buffalo County in center based and home based settings. Local impacts on the economy include but are not limited to: employment of 11 regular staff plus substitutes, leave dollars locally for doctors, dentists, optometrists, office supply companies, grocery stores, contractors for the facility renovation, rental income for the facility landlord, utility companies, and other revenues.
Early Head Start
601 A Central Ave, PO Box 2288
Kearney, NE 68848-2288
Phone: 308-865-5026 Fax: 308-865-5028
Today, Head Start/Early Head Start is administered by the Office of Head Start (OHS), the Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF), Administration for Children and Families (ACF), and the Department of Health and Human Service (DHHS). Grants are awarded by the ACF Regional Offices and the OHS American Indian-Alaska Native and Migrant and Seasonal Program Branches directly to local public agencies, private organizations, Indian Tribes and school systems for the purpose of operating Head Start programs at the community level.
The Head Start/Early Head Start program continues to deliver comprehensive and high quality services designed to foster healthy development in low-income children. Head Start grantee and delegate agencies provide a range of individualized services in the areas of education and early childhood development; medical, dental, and mental health; nutrition; and parent involvement. In addition, the entire range of Head Start services is responsive and appropriate to each child and family's development, ethnic, cultural, and linguistic heritage and experience.
Head Start serves children and their families each year in urban and rural areas in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Territories, including many American Indians and migrant children.
Check out these sites for additional information.