History of Head Start
 
Head Start is a federally funded program that promotes the school readiness  of children ages birth-to-five from low- income families.  Many Head Start  programs  also provide Early Head Start  which serves infants, toddlers, pregnant women and their families.
 
From its inception, Head Start has emphasized the importance of a comprehensive program that would result in a well- rounded, socially competent child. To insure this, all Head Start children and families receive the following services:

•  Education
•  Disabilities Services
•  Mental Health
•  Health (medical and dental screenings and treatment)
•  Nutrition
•  Social Services
•  Parent and Family Engagement

 
The Office of Head Start  (OHS) is within the Administration for Children and Families of the U.S. Department  of Health and Human Services. OHS awards grants to public and private agencies on a competitive basis to provide these comprehensive services to specific communities. Head Start grantees provide the services described in the Head Start Performance Standards and in accordance with the Head Start Act of 2007.