Idaho Head Start Association

"Investing in Idaho's Future"

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  Click here to visit some great links showing Research on Head Start and Early Childhood Education

here to read "A Science-Based Framework for Early Childhood Policy" (Harvard University)

Federal Funding Update & Latest Research on the Successes of Head Start & Early Head Start

Click here to go to the
Annie E. Casey Foundation "Kids Count" statistics for Idaho
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  What We Know About Early Childhood and Head Start  
  We Know: The first five years of life are a time of enormous growth of linguistic, conceptual, social, emotional, and motor competence.

We Know>: For every dollar spent on early education, $4-9 dollars will be saved on future intervention programs.

We Know: Head Start graduates are less likely to drop out of high school, be retained in grade, be in special education programs, be in the juvenile correction system or be a teen pregnancy statistic.

We Know: It costs $50,000 - $65,000 a year to keep a child in the juvenile justice system.

We Know: Idaho Head Start currently serves only 25% of the eligible low-income children (this includes the recent TANF supplement to the program), and that the average income for Head Start families is between $6,000 and $9,000 per year.

We Know: Idaho citizens regard "local control" as the best business practice. We also know that Head Start is a good example of that business practice. Head Start funding is passed directly from the Federal Bureau to the local program and is administered by fewer than 150 federal employees nationwide.

We Know: "Comprehensive services" are necessary for children at risk so that they may enter school ready to learn. Living in poverty and limited health resources are key risk factors faced by Head Start families.

We Know: Head Start serves 72 communities in Idaho.

We Know: Head Start provides an enhanced early childhood curriculum that focuses on school readiness skills, and we know Head Start is a very effective, comprehensive early childhood program that collaborates with state and local agencies, civic and faith groups, business, and elected officials to assure that families are provided; safe places to live, food and clothing, adequate transportation, job skills, parenting classes, high school completion programs, health care and education, and opportunities to participate as functional members of the community, and that these components of Head Start are delivered at a cost of less than $6,000 per family.

We Know: Head Start provides an integration program for children with disabilities. (10% of the Head Start enrollment opportunities must be made available to children with disabilities.)

We Know: Head Start has a home visit program to support parents and guardians in their role as their child's first teacher.

For more information contact Stan Burton
2417 Bank Drive, Suite B1  *  Boise, Idaho 83705  *  (208) 345-1182  *  or Email: