Effects of Head Start Early Intervention on Language Development

Roseanne L. Flores

In: Encyclopedia of Language Development

Effects of Head Start Early Intervention on Language Development

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  • Head Start is a federally funded program that began in 1965 under the administration of President Lyndon B. Johnson. The purpose of the program was to address the health, nutritional, cognitive, linguistic, and emotional needs of children from low-income communities in order to provide them the foundation they would need to later succeed academically in school as well as when they entered into adulthood. Since its inception, Head Start has focused on the needs of children and their families. Today, Head Start serves approximately 848,000 preschool children between the ages of 3 and 4. Early Head Start serves 112,025 young children from birth to 3 years of age. Head Start and Early Head Start programs serve children and families in rural and urban communities across ...

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