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The Head Start program provides Federal grants to local public and private non-profit and for-profit agencies to provide comprehensive child development services to economically disadvantaged children and families, with a special focus on helping preschoolers develop the early reading and math skills they need to be successful in school.
In FY 1995, the Early Head Start program was established to serve children from birth to three years of age in recognition of the mounting evidence that the earliest years matter a great deal to children's growth and development.
Head Start programs promote school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of children through the provision of educational, health, nutritional, social and other services to enrolled children and families. They engage parents in their children's learning and help them in making progress toward their educational, literacy and employment goals. Significant emphasis is placed on the involvement of parents in the administration of local Head Start programs.
For more information, contact:
Beckie Minglin, Director
Indiana Head Start State Collaboration Office
Family & Social Services Administration, Div. of Family Resources
402 West Washington Street, Room W361, MS02
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Cheryl A. Miller, Executive Director
Indiana Head Start Association
1845 West 18th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202