Head Start is a comprehensive early care and education program dedicated to serving over 30 million low-income families nationwide since 1965. Head Start serves children ages 3-5 and their families. Early Head Start - Child Care Partnerships are new collaborations as of 2014, which serve children 0-3 in partnership with local child care providers using the Early Head Start model. Funding goes directly from the Federal Office of Head Start to community head start grantees in Montana. In 2014-2015, there were 11,627 children in poverty under the age of five in Montana. Of those, only 82% of three and four year olds had access to Head Start. Only 10% of children under three had access to Early Head Start.
Head Start takes a comprehensive approach to meeting the needs of the whole child and family. This two-generational approach supports stability and long-term success for families who are most at risk. Depending on each family’s needs, they receive a wide range of services. In 2015-2016 families participated in:
Each Program matches their federal grant with in-kind donations at the rate of 25%. Head Start and Early Head Start programs are imbedded in their community and partnerships are critical to providing support to children and families in all aspects of the work. EHS and Head Start programs in Montana have an average of 14 community partners!