Function 500 - Education, Training, Employment, and Social Services
Eliminate Head Start
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The Head Start program provides comprehensive development services for children from low-income families. It is comprised of Head Start programs for preschoolers, which primarily serve 3- and 4-year-olds, and Early Head Start programs, which provide services to pregnant women and children under age 3. In 2019, Head Start served roughly 1 million children and pregnant women.
This option would eliminate Head Start.