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Head Start is a federally funded, comprehensive early-intervention program in the United States that supports the development of young children from low-income families. The program enriches the physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development of children from birth to age 5 and enhances their school readiness. Early Head Start programs serve pregnant women, infants, and toddlers, while traditional Head Start programs enroll 3-and 4-year-old, preschool children. There are also special programs for Native American, Alaskan Native, migrant, and seasonal-farmworker families. Programs are housed in child care centers, family child care homes, and schools and delivered through public and private agencies—both nonprofit and for-profit. In partnership with other agencies, Head Start programs across the country offer wide-ranging services in early-childhood care and education, nutrition and health, ...

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