Since 1998 Missouri’s Early Head Start/Child Care Partnership Project opened access to Early Head Start services for children from birth to 3 years old by developing partnerships between federal Head Start programs, early childhood education contractors, and child care providers.
The initiative was funded in 1998 when the Missouri legislature set aside a portion of gaming revenue to create a fund for early childhood programs.
Studies have shown that Head Start really does work, especially for some of the most vulnerable children. Children who are enrolled in Head Start programs are shown to be ready to learn, are less likely to repeat a grade in school, are less likely to need special education, and are more likely to graduate from high school.
The first signs of success can be seen as soon as the child enters kindergarten. In kindergarten, Head Start graduates make substantial progress in word knowledge, letter recognition, math skills, and writing skills relative to national averages.
Posted August 16, 2013