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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Federal Budget for FY 2015

On March 4, the President released his Federal Budget for FY 2015.

(You will find information about Early Head Start/ Head Start in the section about the Department of Health and Human Services.  You will also find information about early childhood education in the section about the Department of Education.)

The request for Head Start is for an increase of $270 million - $100 million would be for COLA, and $150 million additional dollars would go to the Early Head Start/child care Partnerships and Early Head Start expansion.

Bipartisan Budget Conference Agreement Announced

Yesterday, Senate Budget Committee Chairman Patty Murray (D – WA) and House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R – WI) announced that they have reached a two-year budget agreement in advance of the deadline which was this Friday Dec 13, 2013.

"Strong Start for America’s Children"

Today, a draft bill “Strong Start for America’s Children” was released by Senator Harkin and Representatives Miller and Hanna.  The National Head Start Association has released a statement and a summary of the bill.  We are also including the draft bills that were presented to the House and the Senate.”


A Visit from Rep. Larry Buschon

Indiana Head Start Association is pleased to learn that Rep. Larry Buschon (District 8) spent some time visiting a Head Start center at Pace Community Action Agency.  He is shown here with Dr. Bertha Proctor, Executive Director. We are sure he was impressed with what he saw!

FY 2014 News

We are pleased to announce that Head Start/Early Head Start programs will be recouping all the funding that was lost last year due to sequestration.  Head Start is the only non-defense program that received this type of increase.  Programs will also receive a 1.3% Cost of Living increase.   There will also be $500 million available for Early Head Start/Child Care partnerships.  Lastly, $25 million will fund the DRS for this year.

Here is a thought-provoking video

Narrated by Jack Shonkoff at the Developing Child Center at Harvard.

Who’s Not Going Back to School?

How Sequestration Is Scaling Back Early Childhood Education Programs.

Cuts Keep Thousands of Kids Out of Head Start Program

This fall more than 57, 000 low income children will be denied a place in the Head Start program because of federal budget cuts. The Huffington Post’s Amanda Terkel and Ellen Cervantes of The Child Care Resource Center in Los Angeles join NewsNation to discuss the impact the cuts could have on the children.

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