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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Duration Extension Opportunities for Head Start

Extended Duration in Head Start

"Extended Duration" refers to lengthening the hours of services that Head Start offers individual children and their families, with the goal of increasing children's learning and developmental outcomes by providing more hours of high-quality learning experiences. Longer hours also support families who are working or in school to pursue self-sufficiency while resting assured that their children are in safe and nurturing early learning environments.

HHS Releases PI on FY 16 COLA Funding Increase

President Obama signed Public Law 114-113, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016, on December 18, 2015. This Act includes $9,168,095,000 for programs under the Head Start Act, which is an increase of approximately $570 million over the fiscal year (FY) 2015 funding level.

The approximately $570 million increase provides grantees a 1.8 percent cost of living adjustment (COLA), depending on final funding decisions. The FY 2016 funding level also includes $294 million to support programs in lengthening their day and year, and $135 million for Early Head Start-Child Care (EHS-CC) Partnerships and Early Head Start (EHS) Expansion.

NHSA Comments on the Proposed CCDF Regulations

The Indiana Head Start Association joined with almost all state and regional Associations in signing on to the NHSA has submitted in reference to the proposed CCDF regulations.

Federal Report Looks at Wage Parity in ECE Workforce

The US Departments of Health and Human Services and Education released "High Quality Early Learning Settings Depend On a High-Quality Workforce:  Low Compensation Undermines Quality".  The report describes the low earnings of early care and education workforce.

From IIWF: Investing in Child Care Would Save Hoosier Families $3201 per year

The Diaper Divide

There's a diaper disparity in this country. Nearly one in three families struggle to afford diapers, and low-income families can pay up to two times the price on diapers by not buying in bulk. In some cases, parents delay diaper changes to make their limited resources last. This can lead to serious health problems for babies and parents. The Diaper Divide addresses the stress and challenges that surround this health issue.

NHSA Releases 2015 Head Start Fact Sheets

This year's Fact Sheets report numbers for enrollment, access, budget, and services offered during the 2014-2015 school year. Did you know that only 41% of eligible three- and four-year-olds had access to Head Start, and only 4% of children under age three had access to Early Head Start in 2014-2015?

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.

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