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2016 GHSA Annual Spring Conference

May 11-12, 2016
Epworth By The Sea | St. Simons Island, GA
The board meeting for the Spring Conference will be May 9-10 at Epworth By The Sea.

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Renaissance Dental Brings Brush!® Program to More Than 4,000 Children in Georgia Head Start Preschools

Angels Invests $10M in Head Start

The Atlanta Braves Supports Georgia Head Start

President Obama visited our College Heights Center 2/21/13

Click here to see some photos from the Presidents visit

President Obama’s Plan for Early Education for all Americans

Georgia Head Start and Early Head Start programs provide comprehensive early childhood and family development services to children from birth to five-years-old, pregnant women and families. Our programs have a long tradition of delivering comprehensive and high quality services designed to foster healthy development in low-income children and their families. Head Start agencies provide a range of individualized services in the areas of education and early childhood development; medical, dental, and mental health; nutrition; parent involvement and family support. In addition, the entire range of Head Start services is responsive and appropriate to each child's and family's developmental, ethnic, cultural, and linguistic heritage and experience.

All Head Start and Early Head Start programs must adhere to federal Program Performance Standards. These standards, which are the most rigorous and comprehensive early childhood program standards in the country, define the services that programs are to provide to the children and families they serve and are designed to ensure that the Head Start goals and objectives are implemented successfully and that all agencies maintain the highest possible quality in the provision of Head Start services.

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Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning
  • There are 31 organizations, including school systems, community action agencies and universities that operate Head Start and Early Head Start programs in Georgia
  • Head Start services are provided to children and families in 157 out of 159 counties in Georgia
  • In 2013-2014, the actual enrollment in Head Start and Early Head Start programs was nearly 27,194. This number consisted of:
    Regular Head Start:
    • 12,972 three-year- old children; and
    • 10,907 four-year -old children
    Early Head Start:
    • 3,111 children younger than three-years old.
  • *based on available data received October 2014

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