Arkansas Head Start

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Arkansas Head Start

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Latest Events

Wed Sep 16 @10:00AM - 12:00PM
Institute Committee
Wed Sep 16 @ 1:00PM - 03:00PM
Class Meetings
Thu Sep 17 @ 7:30AM - 07:00PM
Directors Retreat
Fri Sep 18 @ 7:30AM - 12:00PM
Directors Retreat
Wed Nov 18 @10:00AM - 12:00PM
Institute Committee
Wed Nov 18 @11:30AM - 12:30PM
Parent Class Meeting
Wed Nov 18 @ 1:00PM - 03:00PM
Class Meetings
Thu Nov 19 @10:00AM - 12:00PM
AHSA Board Meeting
Wed Jan 20 @11:30AM - 12:30PM
Parent Class Meeting
Wed Jan 20 @11:30AM - 12:30PM
Parent Class Meeting

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Head Start programs serve low-income three and four year old children and their families. The purpose is to promote school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of children through the provision of: educational, health, nutritional, social, other services.  There are 20 Head Start grantees in Arkansas serving 8,775 children and families.
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Early Head Start (EHS) program serves low-income families with infants and toddlers and pregnant women. The purpose of EHS is to promote healthy prenatal outcomes for pregnant women, enhance the development of very young children, and promote healthy family functioning. There are 10 Early Head Start grantees serving 1,167 children and families.
Migrant/Seasonal Head Start programs serve children birth to five years of age and their families. Migrant families move from one geographic location to another for agriculture work. Seasonal families work primarily in seasonal agriculture and have not moved in two years. There is one grantee with two delegate agencies. They serve 368 children and families.
Arkansas Better Chance was created in 1991 to offer high-quality early education services to children birth to five exhibiting developmental/socioeconomic risk factors. In 2003, the program was expanded to serve low‐income three and four‐year old children. ABC for School Success, serves over 24,000 children in a variety of programs including Head Start.