What is Head Start and
Early Head Start
- Head Start is a comprehensive "whole child", family-focused preschool program designed to help low-income and at-risk 3 and 4 year old children and their families succeed in school and life.
- Head Start is the nation’s most successful school readiness program. School readiness means children are ready for school, families are ready to support their children’s learning, and schools are ready for the children who enter their doors.
- Early Head Start was established to expand the reach of Head Start’s continuous, intensive and comprehensive child development and early learning program to low income families with children under age three, and pregnant women.
- Home visiting is an integral part of both Early Head Start and Head Start. Most of Idaho’s Early Head Start programs are home-based and include weekly home visits and twice monthly group socializations. Head Start includes home visits at least twice yearly.
- Head Start and Early Head Start support parents in their role as primary caregivers and first, most important teachers of their children and to assist and guide them as they seek to meet personal goals and achieve self-sufficiency.
- Reaching far beyond the scope of school readiness, Head Start and Early Head Start provide comprehensive education, health, nutrition, and social/emotional support. Parent involvement is encouraged both in the classroom and in decision making through local parent-run policy councils.
- Head Start programs enroll a minimum of 10% of their openings for children with disabilities. Special services are available to ensure that children can fully participate in all aspects of the program.
- Research on Head Start has shown that participating families are more likely to invest time in literary activities with their children, both while enrolled and years after their children graduate from the program
Idaho Head Start Facts
In 2016, Head Start operated 80 program sites and 300 classrooms serving 156 communities reaching into 41 of Idaho’s 44 counties
BEAR RIVER HEAD START
Serving Bear Lake, Caribou, Franklin, Oneida, and Southern Bannock Counties
COEUR D’ ALENE TRIBE EARLY CHILDHOOD LEARNING CENTER
Serving the Coeur d’ Alene Tribe in Kootenai and Benewah Counties
COLLEGE OF SOUTHERN IDAHO HEAD START
Serving Blaine, Cassia, Gooding, Jerome, Lincoln, Minidoka, Power and Twin Falls Counties
COMMUNITY COUNCIL OF IDAHO – MIGRANT AND SEASONAL HEAD START
Serving Migrant and Seasonal Farmworker Families in Ada, Bingham, Bonneville, Canyon, Cassia, Clark, Elmore, Fremont, Gem, Gooding, Jefferson, Jerome, Madison, Minidoka, Owyhee, Payette, Power, Twin Falls and Washington Counties
EASTERN IDAHO COMMUNITY ACTION PARTNERSHIP HEAD START
Serving Bingham, Bonneville, Lemhi, Madison and Teton Counties
FRIENDS OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES
Serving Ada and Elmore Counties
LEWIS – CLARK EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAM
Serving Clearwater, Idaho, Latah, Lewis, and Nez Perce Counties in Idaho and Asotin County in Washington State
MOUNTAIN STATES EARLY HEAD START
Serving children birth to 3 and pregnant women in Bonner, Kootenai and Shoshone Counties
NEZ PERCE TRIBE EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
Serving the Nez Perce Tribe in Idaho, Lewis, Nez Perce and Clearwater Counties
NORTH IDAHO COLLEGE HEAD START
Serving Benewah, Bonner, Boundary, Kootenai and Shoshone Counties
POCATELLO/CHUBBUCK SCHOOL DISTRICT #25 HEAD START
Serving Bannock County
SHOSHONE-BANNOCK TRIBES HEAD START
Serving the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes in Bannock, Bingham and Power Counties
WESTERN IDAHO COMMUNITY ACTION PARTNERSHIP HEAD START
Serving Adams, Canyon, Gem, Owyhee, Payette, Valley, and Washington Counties
- Head Start Programs cumulatively served 5,392 children age’s birth to 5 and pregnant women
- 29% of children are in Early Head Start (0 to 3 years and pregnant women); 71% are in Head Start (3 to 5 years); 14% are children with disabilities and have an IEP/IFSP.
- 87% of Head Start Children are living below 100% of the federal poverty level, are homeless, in foster care or on public assistance.
- 23,350 children ages 0 to 5 live in poverty in Idaho; Of these 19% are served by Head Start/Early Head Start.
- 77% of Head Start/Early Head Start families receive family support services*
*family support services includes mental health care, medical and dental health care, housing assistance, parenting education, smoking cessation, job education and more.
- Head Start and Early Head Start employed 1,337 staff members; 37% were current or former parents.
- $7,924,800 of in-kind services was delivered from 6,970 volunteers; 63% were parent volunteers.