The Office of Head Start
The Office of Head Start is housed in the US Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families.
Head Start and Early Head Start are comprehensive child development programs that serve children from birth to age 5, pregnant women, and their families.
They are child-focused programs and have the overall goal of increasing the school readiness of young children from low-income families.
The Head Start program is administered by the Head Start Bureau, the Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Administration for Children and Families,
Department of Health and Human Services. 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.
The 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 are responsive and appropriate to each child and
family's developmental, ethnic, cultural, and linguistic heritage and experience.
All Head Start programs must adhere to Program Performance Standards. The Head Start Performance Standards outline the services that Head Start programs are to
provide to the children and families they serve. They constitute the expectations and requirements that Head Start grantees must meet. They are designed to ensure
that the Head Start goals and objectives are implemented successfully, that the Head Start philosophy continues to thrive, and that all grantee and delegate
agencies maintain the highest possible quality in the provision of Head Start services.
Further information about Head Start objectives and their implementation is provided throughout this web site and through publications and information resources
and services available from Head Start Information and Publication Center.
Click link to contact the
Head Start Collaboration Director
at Bright from the Start.