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School Readiness

How many children and families receive services?

Over a million children are served by Head Start programs every year, including children in every U.S. state and territory and in American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) communities. In fiscal year (FY) 2014:

  • Head Start programs served 884,410 children and their families.

  • Early Head Start programs served 145,308 children and 14,506 pregnant women and their families.

  • Migrant and Seasonal Head Start (MSHS), which serves children from birth to age 5, served an additional 30,902 children.

  • American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) programs served 24,405 Head Start and Early Head Start children, included in the count above.

View Head Start fact sheets to learn more about demographics, state allocations, program statistics, and general information on Head Start enrollment history.

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