Head Start and Early Head Start

In 2014-2015, there were 10,327 children in poverty under age 5. Among 3 and 4 year olds in poverty, only 31% had access to Head Start. Among children under three in poverty, only 6% had access to Early Head Start.

Head Start is a program that helps eligible young children between the ages of three and five grow up ready to succeed in school and in life.

Children who attend Head Start programs develop skills in a variety of areas, including social skills. Children in Head Start also receive nutritious meals and the necessary health care in a safe environment.

Early Head Start is a program for families with infants and toddlers ages birth to three. Families who are expecting a new baby may enroll in Early Head Start.

Pregnant women also receive a variety of supports and services including coordination of prenatal and postpartum health care, dental and mental health services, prenatal education on fetal development, and others.

Data source: New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services; Division of Children, Youth and Families. 2016 New Hampshire Office of Head Start, Program Information Report (PIR). For more information about the programs, visit the Department's Head Start/Early Head Start webpage.