Overview and Inventory of HHS Efforts to Assist Incarcerated and Reentering Individuals and their Families . Head Start/Early Head Start


Type of Activity: Head Start and Early Head Start Program Services

Funding Mechanism: Ongoing Head Start grant

Total Available Funding: Amounts allocated by grantees in their ongoing Head Start grant

Number of Awards: N/A

Award Amount: No special awards have been made — Grantees utilize their ongoing Head Start grant to serve this group of individuals.

Length of Project Period: Head Start grants are refunded annually

Federal Partners: Office of Head Start

Summary:Almost all Head Start/Early Head Start programs enroll children of incarcerated/formerly incarcerated families. For example, Region VI reports that 2,224 of the children enrolled in the 2008-09 school year had an incarcerated parent. Due to the requirements regarding income eligibility, Region VI grantees typically serve at least 1 or 2 children of incarcerated individuals per school year. Some grantees report higher numbers, 3 to 4 children.

Background: See above

Examples of current grantees: See entries for Region VI Incarcerated Parents Outreach Programs and Puget Sound Educational Service District.

Location(s) of Projects: N/A

Evaluation Activities: Grantees evaluate services and referrals for all families, including those with incarcerated/formerly incarcerated parents, by implementing family partnership agreements and follow-up activities.

Future Prospects: Grantees should continue to serve this population as a part of their ongoing Head Start funding allocations. We are not aware of the availability of any special one-time appropriations from the Office of Head Start.


Susan Johnston
Regional Program Manager, Region VI 
Phone: (214)767-8844
Email: susan.johnston@acf.hhs.gov

Amanda Bryans
Director, Education and Comprehensive Services Division
Phone: (202) 205-9380
Email: Amanda.bryans@acf.hhs.gov

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