The Early Head Start program, created in 1995, serves low-income infants and toddlers(birth to three) and pregnant women.  Over the course of the 2002 Program Year, 60,663 young children and 7,669 pregnant women were served.
Nationwide, 56% of children ages 3 - 5 attend center-based early care and education programs (day care centers, Head Start, pre-kindergarten, etc.).
Children who attend Pre-Kindergarten are better prepared in pre-reading, pre-math, motor development skills and interactions with other children and adults.

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