State Investments in Head Start to Support At-Risk Children and Families: More Important Than Ever

National Head Start Association

This brief from Head Start provides an overview of state funding for Head Start, a collection of comprehensive birth to five programs in the U.S. specifically designed to strengthen families, promote school readiness, and improve child health. Among other outcomes, the Head Start programs strengthen families and promote more positive parent-child relationships, more stable and healthy homes, and less child welfare involvement. The brief provides examples of how state investments in Head Start have helped to improve outcomes for at-risk children and families.