This page presents national data for Head Start in 2016-2017. How does this break down state by state?
Access to Head Start in the United States of America
Total Funded Head Start (HS) Slots: 732,711
Total Funded Early Head Start (EHS) Slots: 154,352
31% of eligible children ages 3 - 5 had access to HS.
7% of eligible children under 3 had access to EHS.
The United States' Head Start Workforce
There are 239,567 Head Start and Early Head Start jobs in the U.S.
The average Head Start teacher with a bachelor’s degree in the U.S. makes only $33,373 per year.
children in foster care
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children with veteran/active military parents were served by Head Start
children experiencing homelessness were served by Head Start
“My family included a single mom and six siblings. Only the two youngest, my sister and I, attended Head Start. The four oldest have either been incarcerated, struggled with drug addiction, had trouble maintaining a job, or passed away. My sister is a successful court reporter. I have served as a military officer, state agency head, and speaker for the State Department. What was the discriminating factor? I contend it was Head Start.”
- Chuck Mills, Former Marine One co-pilot
in health education
children had continuously accessible health care
children had continuous access to dental care
pregnant women were served by Head Start
children with disabilities
were served by Head Start
parents advanced their
families received job training
Children who participate in Head Start programs receive innumerable benefits. These advantages appear immediately, last a lifetime, and even have an effect on other generations.
Head Start children reduce their vocabulary deficit by 38% during the program year.
Head Start children are 31% less likely to have been held back a grade.
Head Start children are 19% less likely to smoke as adults.
High quality birth-to-five programs, like the combination of EHS and HS, pay off 13% per year.
National Fact Sheet
Migrant / Seasonal Head Start Fact Sheet
Tribal / Alaskan Indian / Alaska Native Head Start Fact Sheet
2016 Head Start Children with Disabilities Fact Sheet
2016 Head Start Foster Children Fact Sheet
2016 Homeless Head Start Children Fact Sheet
2016 Head Start Military Families Fact Sheet
Click the links below to download PDF fact sheets of each state.