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.
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.
The purpose of the Arkansas Head Start Association includes working to ensure availability of comprehensive early childhood education and high-quality services for children and families in Arkansas. The AHSA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
The purpose of the Arkansas Head Start State Collaboration Office is to create a visible presence at the state level, which can assist in the development of significant, multi-agency and public private partnerships between Head Start and the state.