Head Start Program
Head Start programs provide wide-ranging services for low-income children from birth to elementary school at no cost. The program is child-centered, family-focused, and community-based. Head Start encourages the role of parents as their child's first and most important teachers. Programs build relationships with families that support positive parent-child relationships, family well-being, and connections to peers and community. Additionally, Head Start services are designed to be responsive to each child and family's ethnic, cultural, and linguistic background.
Colorado's Head Start Collaboration Office
The federal Office of Head Start has established six priorities:
- Partner with state child care systems highlighting the EHS-CC Partnership Initiatives
- Work with state efforts to collect data regarding early childhood programs and child outcomes
- Support the expansion and access of high quality, workforce and career opportunities for staff
- Working with state Quality Rating Improvement Systems (QRIS)
- Work with state school systems to make sure the relationship between Head Start and Kindergarten Entrance Assessment (KEA) continues
- Any additional regional priorities
Head Start Collaboration Offices Work Together
- Arrange stakeholder groups for information sharing, planning, partnering, and serving as an outlet of information between regional offices and early childhood systems at the state and local levels.
- Ensure Head Start agencies can provide the resources that help children and families have access to needed services.
- Support policy, planning, partnerships and cross agency state systems for early childhood, including the State Advisory Council, that include and serve the Head Start community.
Discover What Head Start Offers
Head Start prepares America's most vulnerable young children to succeed in school and in life. To achieve this, Head Start programs deliver services to children and families in core areas of early learning, health, and family well-being. They also engage parents as partners every step of the way. Learn more about these services and how to apply.
Birth to 5
We support learning through play, creative expression, and guided activities. We build strong relationships as the foundation of early learning.
We promote language and literacy development, early math and science concepts, and positive attitudes toward learning.
Health and Wellness
We promote physical development both indoors and outdoors. We serve breakfast and lunch, as well as healthy snacks.
We provide medical, dental, hearing, vision, and behavioral screening.
We help families find assistance in challenging times.
We help families identify and reach goals around employment, training, and parenting.
We build on children's strengths and individualize experiences to meet their needs.
We collaborate with community agencies when further assessment is needed.
How to Apply
- Find a center near you.
- Contact the center.
- Follow that center's instruction to apply.
- Call 1-866-763-6481 with any questions.