Created in 1965, Head Start is the longest-running and most successful school readiness program in the country. Head Start believes a child’s success is contingent on the strength of the family-unit as a whole, and works to strengthen families within their local communities. Head Start partners with income-eligible families to connect them with comprehensive and essential services to promote health and success.
The aim of Head Start is to guide parents and their children to fulfill their individual potential. By connecting families to essential social, health, and educational services, Head Start strives to enhance the social and cognitive development of participating children, including school readiness. Head Start believes that parents remain the primary educators in their children’s lives, and empowers families to work towards their own educational and employment goals. Head Start views each family as unique, seeking appropriate responsive services for families while respecting their ethnic, cultural, and linguistic heritage.
Early Head Start (EHS), founded in 1995, serves pregnant women, infants, and toddlers. Early Head Start programs are available to the family until the child reaches 3 years of age, and is ready to transition into Head Start or another pre-K program. Early Head Start provides early, comprehensive services to help families care for their infants and toddlers with intensive and continuous support.