The Office of Head Start falls within the Administration for Children and Families, which is under the umbrella of the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services. Head Start originated in 1964 under the direction of President Lyndon B. Johnson. President Johnson declared a War on Poverty in his State of the Union Speech. Out of this declaration as indicated on the Office of Head Start website, Head Start was designed with the ultimate goal of providing preschool children from low-income families a “comprehensive program to meet their emotional, social, health, nutritional and psychological needs.” In September of 1995, services were expanded and Early Head Start grants were administered to address the needs of infants, toddlers and pregnant women. Head Start has served over 32 million children since 1965.

Sarpy County/ESU #3 Head Start received their first Head Start grant in 1992 and Early Head Start grant in 1995. Sarpy County/ESU #3 Head Start has been providing high quality early childhood services in the Sarpy County Community for over twenty-five years. Current services include a full-day and part-day Head Start program for children ages 3-5, a full-day Early Head Start program for children under age 3, Home Visiting services for children under age 3, and services to pregnant women. Sarpy County/ESU #3 Head Start provides comprehensive services to support children, families, and family systems. They are closely connected to agencies in the Sarpy County Community who provide resources and services for children and families, and they are committed to strong systems for early learning, health, and family well-being.

For more information visit https://www.acf.hhs.gov/ohs/about/history-of-head-start.