91% of Head Start children remained up to date on their immunizations.

About Head Start

Our Annual Report

Read our latest annual report for the Head Start and Early Head Start programs. It includes financial data and program outcomes.

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Head Start is a national program that promotes school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of children through the provision of educational, health, nutritional, social and other services to enrolled children and families.It accomplishes this by enhancing the social and cognitive development of children through the provision of educational, health, nutritional, social and other services to enrolled children and families. They engage parents in their children's learning and help them in making progress toward their educational, literacy and employment goals. Significant emphasis is placed on the involvement of parents in the administration of local Head Start programs.

In 2007, NVFS was awarded the Head Start center-based program in Arlington County although services did not begin until June 2008. The NVFS Arlington Head Start program provides comprehensive child development services to economically disadvantaged children age three to five and their families, with a special focus on helping preschoolers develop the early reading and math skills they need to be successful in school. NVFS has the capacity to serve 204 children in the Arlington Head Start program.

Family and Community Partnerships
Head Start offers parents opportunities and support for growth, so that they can identify their own strengths, needs and interests, and find their own solutions. The objective of Family Partnerships is to support parents as they identify and meet their own goals, nurture the development of their children in the context of their family and culture, and advocate for communities that are supportive of children and families of all cultures. The building of trusting, collaborative relationships between parents and staff allows them to share with and to learn from one another.

Head Start serves families within the context of the community, and recognizes that many other agencies and groups work with the same families. The objective of Community Partnerships is to ensure that grantee and delegate agencies collaborate with partners in their communities, in order to provide the highest level of services to children and families, to foster the development of a continuum of family centered services, and to advocate for a community that shares responsibility for the healthy development of children and families of all cultures.

In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.

To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-0410 or call 800.795.3272 or 202.720.6382 (TTY). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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