Head Start Advantage: Child Welfare
Children living in poverty are twice as likely to be exposed to traumatic life events. What does the research say about Head Start’s impact on child welfare?
- Head Start children have lower rates of abuse and neglect and are less likely to be involved in the child welfare system.
- Head Start provides parenting training opportunities, improves parent involvement and parent-child relationships, and decreases parental distress.
- For children already involved in the child welfare system, Head Start enhances school readiness and social-emotional outcomes and decreases their subsequent encounters.