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EHS NRC FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions


How many programs does Early Head Start include?  

Early Head Start, a federally funded community-based program for low-income pregnant women and families with infants and toddlers up to age 3, has 741 programs which provide Early Head Start child development and family support services in all 50 states and in the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico and served nearly 62,000 children under the age of three for fiscal year 2005. For more information, please see the Office of Head Start Statistical Fact Sheets at http://www2.acf.dhhs.gov/programs/hsb/research/factsheets.htm.

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Do you offer Early Head Start programs?

No. For information on Early Head Start programs or Early Head Start Enrollment Information, please see How to enroll My Child in EHS Services.

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Do we offer grants for EHS?

No. Grants for the operation of Head Start and Early Head Start programs may be awarded to either public or private, for profit or nonprofit organizations, or public school systems. Grants for Head Start and Early Head Start programs are awarded by the ten Administration for Children and Families Regional Offices and the Office of Head Start's American Indian-Alaska Native and Migrant and Seasonal Workers Program Branches. To get more information about Head Start Grants, please log on to http://www2.acf.dhhs.gov/programs/hsb/grant/headstartgrants/hsgrants.htm.

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How can someone start an EHS program?

To become an EHS program, you must first obtain a grant from one of the ten Administration for Children and Families Regional Offices and the Office of Head Start's American Indian-Alaska Native and Migrant and Seasonal Workers Program Branches. To get more information about Head Start Grants, please log on to http://www2.acf.dhhs.gov/programs/hsb/grant/headstartgrants/hsgrants.htm.

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What is the Early Head Start National Resource Center?

The Early Head Start National Resource Center (EHS NRC) was created in 1995 by the Office of Head Start (formerly the Head Start Bureau) and the Administration for Children and Families (ACF). Since its inception, the EHS NRC has been operated by ZERO TO THREE, in Washington, DC.

The EHS NRC is a storehouse of early childhood expertise that promotes the building of new knowledge and the sharing of information. For more about the EHS NRC, please see About Us.

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I have a technical assistance question about Early Head Start. Who do I ask?

Direct your question to .

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Early Head Start National Resource Center @ ZERO TO THREE
2000 M. Street, NW, Suite 200
Washington, DC 20036
202-638-1144 Fax 202-638-0851

This Web site was developed for the Office of Head Start by ZERO TO THREE: National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families, under contract No. HHSP23320042900YC from the Administration on Children, Youth and Families; Administration for Children and Families; U. S. Department of Health and Human Services, to operate the Early Head Start National Resource Center.

Office of Head Start / Administration for Children and Families / U. S. Department of Health and Human Services