Reviews research about the impact of Early Head Start programs on the health and development of poor children under age 3 and their parents' knowledge and parenting, trends in enrollment, program options, and characteristics of teachers and enrollees.
- Observation: In the 2009-2010 program year, Early Head Start enrollment saw its largest increase since its inception.
- Observation: Early Head Start families accessed a broad range of services; the two most-accessed services were parenting education and health education.
- Observation: Most Early Head Start teachers have a degree, and nearly half (49 percent) have a bachelor's or higher.
- Observation: Early Head Start promotes better health for young children, with 96 percent of enrolled children having an ongoing source of medical care and 96 percent having health insurance by the end of the program year.
- Observation: Early Head Start supports families with working parents, many with limited formal education: 33 percent of parents had not graduated from high school and 39 percent had a high school diploma or equivalent.