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Serving Americas Youngest: A Snapshot of Early Head Start Children, Families, Teachers, and Programs in 2002

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Publication Date: June 2003

Publisher(s): Center for Law and Social Policy

Author(s): Kate Irish; Rachel Schumacher; Joan Lombardi

Special Collection: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Topic: Social conditions (Public welfare and social services)

Type: Brief

Coverage: United States


This policy brief, the third of a series of analyses of Head Start Program Information Report (PIR) data, offers the first detailed examination of Early Head Start PIR data from the most recently available program year, 2001-2002. While Head Start primarily serves low-income preschool children ages 3-5, the Early Head Start program, created in 1995, serves low-income infants and toddlers (birth to age three) and pregnant women. This brief describes the unique features of the Early Head Start program and places them in the context of the overall Head Start program.