In Indiana, 15,614 children are enrolled in Head Start and Early Head Start programs
The total Head Start budget for programs in Indiana is $113,278,674.00.
There are 40 Head Start programs and 20 Early Head Start programs in Indiana (43 grantees statewide).
Over 17,460 Head Start/Early Head Start parents volunteered in programs last year.
In Indiana, there are 3,147 Head Start/EHS staff members.
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ICHS and IAUW share Indiana Mid-Session Legislative Update

The Indiana Association of United Ways and the Indiana Coalition for Human Services have provided a great presentation to give a mid-session legislative update for issues that affect the families that we serve!

INCAA E-News shares: About the 2016 IIWF Legislative Public Policy Agenda

State of the Union Address Discusses Early Childhood Education


National CLASS Scores for 2015 are now available!

During the 2014-2015 program year, the Office of Head Start (OHS) used the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS®) Pre-K Teacher-Child Observation Instrument during its on-site reviews of grantees. CLASS-reliable reviewers visited a random sample of preschool classrooms to obtain grantee-level scores. This document provides descriptive statistics of the 2015 grantee-level CLASS® data.

Building Resilience through Relationships

We do as much as we can to protect our children from stressful situations, but as much as we try, there are daily stresses that children will encounter. As a parent or caregiver, developing a positive, healthy relationship with your child can help your little one bounce back from and cope with difficult circumstances, which is also known as resilience!

An Interesting Article---The New Preschool Is Crushing Kids

Today’s young children are working more, but they’re learning less.

A Little Head Start Alum Lifesaver!

This is an incredible story about a young Indiana Head Start alum, Aailyah Keys, and her heroic actions that assisted in saving her mother's life.  Aailyah is a former Head Start child from Community Action Program, Inc. of Western Indiana and attended their Montgomery County Center.  Her mom, Kristi, works as an EHS Teacher for the program.  Great work, Aailyah!!!

Moneyball for Head Start

In Washington, DC there's no shortage of tinkerers who write about what they think Head Start was, is, and should be without ever interacting with an actual Head Start program. That's why NHSA is so excited to share a paper released today that was created through real partnership with NHSA and leaders from across the Head Start field. "Moneyball for Head Start: Using Data, Evidence, and Evaluation to Improve Outcomes for Children and Families" was written by Sara Mead and Ashley LiBetti Mitchel of Bellwether Education Partners and was crafted in partnership with Results for America, the Volcker Alliance, and the National Head Start Association with valuable input from both program and policy perspectives. The paper can be summed up in a series of messages we couldn't agree with more:

  • Head Start is a worthwhile investment that improves the lives of children and families.
  • Head Start's impact on children and families can be strengthened through better use of data and evidence.
  • Every Head Start program should have access to a good data system that provides timely, usable information to improve results.
  • The Office of Head Start should use data to learn from and expand successful programs, and to help struggling programs to improve.
  • Researchers, philanthropists, and policymakers should work together to build the evidence base about what works in Head Start.
  • Congress and the Administration should take concrete steps to help ensure all Head Start programs have and use data to improve results.
As we approach a reauthorization in the coming years, we hope "Moneyball for Head Start" is an opportunity to discuss, reflect, and imagine what Head Start's future can be with our best advocacy.

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