A cornerstone of Head Start is its comprehensive services approach to school readiness for low-income children. Head Start provides:
- Language and literacy early childhood education to prepare children for kindergarten.
- Health services to ensure health is not a barrier to school readiness, including immunizations, oral health, mental health, and physical health including developmental screenings.
- Social services to help parents reach self sufficiency so poverty presents less of a barrier to a child's ability to reach his or her full potential.
- Social/Emotional early childhood education to ensure children have the social/emotional skills needed to develop cognitively.