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Supporting Our Youngest Children: Early Head Start Programs in 2010

Published: March 2012

Publisher(s): Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP)

Author(s): Schmit, Stephanie; Danielle Ewen

Funder(s): Annie E. Casey Foundation, George Gund Foundation

View Report (12 pages; 172KB; PDF)

Area of Focus: Early Learning


This research brief presents key findings from the 2009-2010 program year of Early Head Start, which addresses the comprehensive needs of poor children under age 3 and pregnant women.

Key Findings and/or Recommendations

=In the 2009-2010 program year, Early Head Start enrollment saw its largest increase since its inception.

=Early Head Start families accessed a broad range of services; the two most-accessed services were parenting education and health education.

=Most Early Head Start teachers have a degree, and nearly half (49 percent) have a bachelorís or higher.

=Early Head Start promotes better health for young children, with 96 percent of enrolled children having an ongoing source of medical care and 96 percent having health insurance by the end of the program year.

=Early Head Start supports families with working parents, many with limited formal education: 33 percent of parents had not graduated from high school and 39 percent had a high school diploma or equivalent.

Focus: National

Subjects/Keywords: At-Risk; Children; Early Childhood; Early Head Start; Early Learning; Low-Income

+ Successful strategy
= Observation
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