What is Head Start?
Head Start is a federal program that promotes the school readiness of children ages birth to 5 from low-income families by enhancing their cognitive, social, and emotional development.
Head Start programs provide a learning environment that supports children’s growth in language & literacy, cognition & general knowledge, physical development & health, social & economic development, and approaches to learning. Head Start programs provide comprehensive services to enrolled children and their families and are designed to be responsive to each child and family’s ethnic, cultural, and linguistic heritage.
Head Start emphasizes the role of parents as their child’s first and most important teacher. Head Start programs build relationships with families that support: family well-being and positive parent-child relationships, families as learners and lifelong educators, family engagement in transitions, family connections to peers and community, and families as advocates and leaders.
Head Start Services
Head Start serves preschool-age children and their families. Many Head Start programs also provide Early Head Start, which serves infants, toddlers, pregnant women and their families who have incomes below the federal poverty level. Colorado Head Start and Early Head Start programs serve over 13,000 children each year. The state also has Migrant/Seasonal Head Start programs and American Indian and Alaskan Native programs. Since 1965, nearly 30 million low-income children and their families have received these comprehensive services to increase their school readiness.
To learn more about Head Start in Colorado visit the Colorado Head Start Association’s website.