As you learned in the first chapter of this text, the Head Start Program has been operating nationwide since the mid 1960s to assist children in low income families in “catching up” with their more advantaged classmates. Head Start’s main emphasis is on supporting the learning and development of 3- and 4-year-old children. The program has expanded, however, to include infants and toddlers and programs supporting learning and development of all members of low income families. Head Start programs for infants, toddlers, and their families are called Early Head Start. Even Start is another part of Head Start that is designed to enhance family literacy skills.
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