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 9,315 children and families. Map of Head Start Programs.
The federally funded 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 1,252 children and families. Map of Early Head Start Programs.
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. Community Action Program for Central Arkansas serves as the lead grantee with one delegate grantee. They serve 388 children and families. Migrant/Seasonal Head Start Map.
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. The Arkansas Better Chance for School Success (ABCSS), serves over 24,000 children in a variety of early childhood programs including Head Start. For more information, click here.