What is Head Start

Head Start / Early Head Start

A comprehensive childhood development program servicing children from birth to five. Our center-based programs are designed to foster the development of children, including children with disabilities, in a safe, stimulating the learning environment.

Head Start

Head Start serves children three to five and is a partnership with parents ensuring positive growth and development both at school and at home.

The Head Start Program consists of the following program service areas:

  • Education
  • Health
  • Mental Health
  • Nutrition
  • Disabilities Services
  • Family Services
  • Parent Involvement
  • Head Start focuses on the needs of the entire family and partners with families to achieve self-sufficiency

Early Head Start

Early Head Start serves children birth to three years old, pregnant women and their families utilizing the same comprehensive approach as Head Start. Our program is committed to providing very young children with a language-rich, stimulating environment with the idea that the earliest intervention reaps the biggest rewards.

50 Years in the Making: Head Start 


Head Start Timeline: Delve into key moments in Head Start history! Explore the timeline to access archival photographs, videos, resources, and more. Click here to access a PDF version.

Interested in learning how to open a Head Start program? Learn more here.

 FHSA Mission Statement: To enhance and support the capability of local Head Start programs in the delivery of high-quality services for our children and families.