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Federal Budget Cuts Lop Days From Head Start Programs

Posted: May 5, 2013 at 5 a.m.

Federal budget cuts stopped Head Start programming early this year in Northwest Arkansas.Federal budget cuts stopped Head Start programming early this year in Northwest Arkansas.

At A Glance

What Is Head Start?

Local Head Start programs are operated through federal money. Their purpose is to increase school readiness through cognitive and social development of children from low-income families. Head Start programs serve children who enroll as 3- and 4-year-olds and Early Head Start programs serve pregnant women, infants and toddlers.

Source: Staff Report

At A Glance

Finding Quality Care

Parents looking for quality preschool programs can look for a Better Beginnings star. Better Beginnings is an Arkansas program that certifies programs beyond standard licensing. Individual preschools that apply for the program are ranked with one, two or three stars. Head Start and Arkansas Better Chance programs are ranked with three stars.

Prekindergarten and preschool programs are listed on the Arkansas Department of Human Services website at: dhs.arkansas.gov/dccece/cclas/FacilitySearch.aspx.

Source: Staff Report

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