About Head Start
Head Start offers a holistic approach to child growth and development; therefore, comprehensive services are offered including attention to areas such as health and nutrition. Head Start and Early Head Start programs serve children in center-based, home-based, and family childcare settings. The Head Start Bureau, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, develops federal regulations and provides guidance to support the implementation of quality Head Start services.
transition is most often referenced in connection with the child’s
transfer to kindergarten, Head Start programs typically view transition
more broadly to include the many changes—large and small—that
impact the development of the child and his or her family. In Head Start
programs, one goal in caring for very young children, especially infants
and toddlers, is to provide as much continuity as possible. Change
is an inevitable part of life, but continuity of care should always be
the primary consideration when caring for young children. When change
is unavoidable, as is the case with the transition to kindergarten, thorough
planning can support continuity and provide the key to transition success!