About Head Start

Commitment to Children

Head Start's commitment to wellness embraces a comprehensive vision of health for children, families, and staff. The objective of Child Health and Development Services is to ensure that, through collaboration among families, staff, and health professionals, all child health and developmental concerns are identified, and children and families are linked to an ongoing source of continuous, accessible care to meet their basic health needs.

Commitment to Families and Communities

Head Start offers parents opportunities and support for growth, so that they can identify their own strengths, needs and interests, and find their own solutions. The objective of Family Partnerships is to support parents as they identify and meet their own goals, nurture the development of their children in the context of their family and culture, and advocate for communities that are supportive of children and families of all cultures. The building of trusting, collaborative relationships between parents and staff allows them to share with and to learn from one another.

Our National Early Childhood Promise

Head Start and Early Head Start targets children at greatest risk of academic failure in low socio-economic communities throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and the Outer Pacific Islands. Over 900,000 children and families are served each year which is less than 45% of those eligible. Community grants are provided directly by the federal government to offer funding for basic services. Head Start is designed to serve children 3 to age 5. Early Head Start is designed to serve pregnant mothers & newborns through age 3.

Celebrating 50 Years Since the Launch of Head Start

Head Start Timeline: Delve into key moments in Head Start history! Explore the timeline to access archival photographs, video, resources, and more.

Historic Video: Watch President Johnson’s Rose Garden speech and early public service announcements by Lady Bird Johnson, Gregory Peck, and more

Mission Statement

The California Head Start Association is the unified voice providing leadership and advocacy for the Head Start community.

Vision Statement

The California Head Start Association will be an important strategic partner representing Head Start interests in California and the nation.


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