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History of Head Start

Head Start is a preschool program for 3, 4, and 5 year olds, which provides comprehensive services to low-income children and their families.  In January of 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson declared The War on Poverty in his State of the Union speech.  Head Start was created in 1965 as a part of the War on Poverty to address the needs of America’s poorest children and help them overcome the disadvantages of being born into poverty.  Head Start has grown from an eight- week demonstration project to include full day/year services and many program options.  Today Head Start has successfully served over 30 million children.  Head Start is in all 50 states, The District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and all US Territories.