Head Start Program

Children using ComputerThe Head Start program has a long tradition of delivering 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's and family's developmental, ethnic, cultural, and linguistic heritage and experience.

Administration for Children & Families

The Head Start program is administered by the Head Start Bureau, the Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF), Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). Grants are awarded by the ACF Regional Offices and the Head Start Bureau's 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.

Our Goals:

  • To be the best
  • To help staff develop their careers
  • To provide good management
  • To be a possibility for research project
  • To address the needs of our local areas
  • To provide excellent educational environments for young children
  • To provide comprehensive services (health, social services, parent involvement, disability services, & education)
  • To help families establish and reach goals
  • To mobilize communities to provide resources needed to support strong families
  • To provide quality service through highly-trained, caring, and well-compensated staff