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Head Start

Head Start and Early Head Start are programs to serve children younger than 5 years of age, pregnant women, and their families. The goal of these programs is to increase school readiness of young children in low-income families.

The programs are administered by the Head Start Bureau; the Administration on Children, Youth, and Families (ACYF); Administration for Children and Families (ACF); and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

Local agencies get financial support in order to operate Head Start programs. The services offered through Head Start programs include medical, dental, mental health, nutrition, and parent involvement. All Head Start programs must adhere to certain standards to maintain operation. For more information, go to

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerJohn Pope, MD - Pediatrics
Specialist Medical ReviewerSusan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics

Current as ofSeptember 9, 2014

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: September 09, 2014
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

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