Head Start/Early Head Start ARRA Expansion by Congressional District
In February 2009 Congress passed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), an economic stimulus package which included more than $2 billion for Head Start and Early Head Start to make quality improvements and expand their services to more families. Nationwide more than 60,000 families are being served with these funds.
Click on your congressional district to see what ARRA did for your area. And don't forget to contact your Senators and Representatives in support of Head Start funding – you can click on the link under their picture, or just send a message via supportheadstart.org.
Here in Washington we saw a increase of over 50% in the number of families served in Early Head Start, a comprehensive early education program for pregnant moms, infants, and toddlers. Early Head Start has gained significant recognition and support in recent years because of its strong research results and the growing body of evidence that learning begins at birth. Washington programs were able to serve 852 new EHS children, including families in several counties that had never received infant/toddler services before. Additionally, more than 200 new Head Start children were enrolled as a result of the ARRA expansion. While we still have a long way to go (we serve less than 5% of eligible Early Head Start families) the ARRA expansion was a great step forward in preparing more Washington children for success in school and life.