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Early Intervention Programs

Programs for children who are living in conditions that include one or more risk factors for possible future school or life problems.

Risk factors for later school and social problems

Poverty, single parent home, teenage mother, low parent education.

Characteristics of Head Start Programs

Minimum of 10% of children with special needs in the program
3 in 5 children are accepted.
Expanded in 1972 to include children with disabilities.

Current trends in Head Start

Increasing numbers of teachers holding both 2 year and 4 year degrees.
Increasing accountability through national testing and student outcome reporting.

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