New Fact Sheets on Head Start and Early Head Start Programs in 2009

Aug 12, 2010

By Elizabeth Hoffmann

Based on Head Start Program Information Report (PIR) data, CLASP has released two new fact sheets providing a snapshot of the characteristics of children enrolled in the programs and the services provided to them during the 2008-2009 program year. Some key facts:

  • In 2009, the Head Start preschool program served more than 900,000 young children and their families through nearly 1,800 grantees nationwide.
  • Among children in Head Start preschool programs, 12 percent had a disability, about half of whom were diagnosed during the program year.
  • Spanish was the primary home language for 24 percent of children in Head Start preschool programs.
  • In 2009, the Early Head Start program served more than 83,000 children under age 3 and about 9,600 pregnant women through 727 grantees/delegates nationwide.
  • Among families served by EHS, 65 percent included at least one working parent, and 22 percent included at least one parent in school or job training.
  • By the end of the program year, 97 percent of EHS children had a medical home for ongoing care.

Read more about the Head Start preschool program and Early Head Start in 2009.

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