Head Start is a national anti-poverty program for children from families living below the national poverty line. Much of the program is focused on providing preschool for 4-year-olds and support for their families. However, there has been a significant push in recent years to expand Head Start services to children under age 4 and their families. These services, which range from home visits to infant and toddler care, are known as Early Head Start.
Some states have successfully expanded both access and the quality of their preschool programs. Here’s what some early learning advocates and researchers say California could learn from them.
The $1 billion program was implemented in less than two months.
Assemblyman Kevin McCarty introduced three bills this week, one to expand spaces for public preschool for low-income 4-year-olds, one to improve preschool facilities and one to increase reimbursement for preschool programs.
Report finds that even infants can learn abstract scientific concepts, and starting early can help them with science later on.
A federal-to-local grant program, Early Head Start Child Care Partnerships, will provide child care and family support services to 122 children in 'high needs' areas of Los Angeles County.
A new commission convened by Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon seeks to come up with a long-range plan for early childhood education services.
New rules for Head Start most significant changes to federal program since 1975
Preschool teachers paid about half of what kindergarten teachers make.
Head Start teachers face a number of obstacles in teaching native languages.
Hillary Clinton's plans would reshape the landscape of early childhood education.
The report calls for programs for all children 5 and younger.
President's proposal invests in children from birth to age 5.
They urge the state to increase its investment in early childhood education programs.