Early Head Start & CCDF Background Fact Sheet
“In states that make it a priority to educate our youngest children…studies show students grow up more likely to read and do math at grade level, graduate high school, hold a job, form more stable families of their own. We know this works. So let’s do what works and make sure none of our children start the race of life already behind.” - President Barack Obama (State of the Union, February 12, 2013) The Early Head Start - Child Care Partnerships is a key component of the President’s Plan for Early Education for All Americans. These partnerships will increase the number of infants and toddlers in Early Head Start programs by over 100,000 children. This will greatly expand access to high quality early learning development opportunities to meet the needs of low-income families. This new partnership will build on existing Early Head Start (EHS) and Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) programs to serve families in a more cohesive and comprehensive manner. To provide some context, below is background information on how EHS and CCDF are currently serving children ages 0 through 3 years old. HEAD START AND EARLY HEAD START
Head Start/Early 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. HS/EHS programs provide comprehensive services to enrolled children and their families, which include health, nutrition, social services and other services determined to be necessary by family needs assessments, in addition to education and cognitive development services. Research has shown that low-income children and families who attend high quality Early Head Start programs often fare better than their peers in various developmental domains. Despite this, we know that at its current capacity, EHS only serves about 4% of eligible children. That means that most of our lowest income children may...
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