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Head Start is a national school readiness program that provides comprehensive education, health, nutrition, and parent involvement services to children from low-income families.

The Head Start program is administered by the Office of Head Start (OHS), Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Grants are awarded, by the ACF Regional Offices and the Office of Head Start’s American
Indian-Alaska Native and Migrant and Seasonal Program Branches, directly to local public agencies, private
non-profit and for-profit organizations, school systems, and Indian Tribes, for the purpose of operating Head Start programs at the community level.


FY 2008 Florida Program Statistics

ENROLLMENT

Children
Pregnant Women

Ages
Number of 5 year olds and older
Number of 4 year olds
Number of 3 year olds
Number under 3 years of age

NUMBER OF GRANTEES

Number of Classrooms
Number of Centers

AVERAGE COST PER CHILD

Head Start
Early Head Start

PAID STAFF

40,758

40,439
319


747
22,187
14,123
3,382

68

1,983
727

 

$6,342
$8,459

7,518



Statewide Program Components

- Early Head Start (Serving Pregnant Women and Children Birth to Age 3)

- Preschool Head Start (Serving Children Ages 3 to 5)

- Migrant Head Start (Serving Children 6 weeks to Age 5)

- American Indian Head Start (Serving Children Ages 3 to 5)

 

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