The Head Start program provides comprehensive services to young children whose families earn low incomes in order to facilitate their social, emotional, physical and cognitive development. Services include education, health, nutrition, screening for developmental delays, and a variety of family social services when needed. Federal Head Start funds are awarded directly to more than 1,600 grantees; local programs are tailored to the needs of children in different communities. For more information, see below.
Head Start GAO Investigation: