"Investing in Young Children: A Fact Sheet on Early Care and Education Participation, Access and Quality"
Despite funding increases for Head Start over the past six years, only 42 percent of eligible children are now served by the federal program, and just 4 percent of eligible children are served by Early Head Start, according to a report by two advocacy groups.
Head Start offers children ages 3 and 4 education as well as health and social services; Early Head Start offers similar benefits to pregnant women, infants, and toddlers.
The New York City-based National Center for Children in Poverty and the Center for Law and Social Policy in Washington note that, although the programs got a $1.2 billion funding boost from 2006 to 2012, 33 states did not meet program benchmarks for either class size or adult-to-child ratios.
According to the report, only four states—Connecticut, North Dakota, Oregon, and Vermont—filled their classes.
Vol. 33, Issue 14, Page 4Published in Print: December 11, 2013, as Early Childhood