Head Start by the Numbers: 2011 State Profiles Released
Mar 22, 2013
CLASP has just updated a unique resource for early childhood professionals interested in at-risk children: our Head Start State Profiles. These state profiles analyze the most recent Head Start Program Information Report (PIR) data from 2011. All Head Start grantees are required to submit PIR data to the federal government on an annual basis. Each profile includes data on all Head Start programs in the state: Early Head Start, Head Start preschool, and Migrant/Seasonal Head Start. The profiles also include information on Head Start participants, families, staff, and programs. CLASP has produced these fact sheets each year since 2005.
The national Head Start PIR Profile for 2011 shows that:
- Head Start served over 1.1 million children nationally.
- Twenty-six percent of children in Head Start spoke primarily Spanish in their homes.
- Forty-one percent of children served in Head Start were white, 37 percent were Hispanic, 38 percent were black, and 8 percent were bi- or multi-racial (note: overlap among these categories).
- Ninety-seven percent of children had access to a medical home and were up-to-date on their immunizations at the end of the Head Start program year. Ninety percent had access to dental home, and 96 percent had access to health insurance at the end of the program year.
- Seventy-nine percent of families accessed at least one family service through Head Start.