New Brief in Head Start Series

Feb 06, 2012

By Stephanie Schmit

Based on data from Head Start Program Information Reports (PIR), CLASP has developed an analysis of Head Start children, families, programs and staff in 2010 and trends from 1997 to 2010. Highlights from the 2010 PIR include:

  • In 2010, Head Start served a diverse group of children and families from primarily working families with limited formal education. Head Start provides critical supports to poor infants, toddlers, pregnant women, and their families.
  • In 2010, young children, pregnant women, and their families continued to receive comprehensive early childhood services through Head Start. Nearly all children diagnosed with a disability received treatment.
  • The percent of Head Start teachers with degrees in 2010 decreased slightly from 2009, but a slightly higher percentage of teachers had bachelor's degrees in 2010, showing great progress on meeting the Head Start teacher qualification requirements, although salaries have not increased.
  • Head Start continued to provide services in a variety of settings. In 2010, most services were provided in centers while a small number of slots were home-based and an even smaller number were combination, family child care or locally-designed slots.

To read more about Head Start in 2010 and how the data has changed over time, you can access the entire brief online. Also available are factsheets highlighting program year 2010 data on Head Start and Early Head Start and state fact sheets with information on all Head Start programs in a state.

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