Head Start united: Removing barriers to access for children and families
Throughout 2021 the National Head Start Association (NHSA) led a multi-faceted research and stakeholder process to: Identify the top current barriers to access; Explore which barriers limit access differentially by race, ethnicity, family income and other factors; and Coalesce around policy solutions. Our findings—presented in this brief—affirm the importance of Head Start’s focus on local design, family partnership, and community engagement to support equitable access. The enduring mission of the Head Start community and NHSA is to support success in school and in life for all vulnerable children. Removing barriers to access is a core concern of Head Start as a means toward this critical mission. (author abstract)
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