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MO Head Start Information and Statistics:

The Children-

  • The total cumulative enrollment for pregnant women and children for Early Head Start and Head Start in Missouri in 2013 was 22,132.
  • MO Head Start program operate 1,114 classrooms through the state.

  • In our state, 64% of the children enrolled are income eligibile and nearly 25% are the receipient of some kind of public assistance.

  • The average cost per child in Missouri was $7, 326 for the last program year. 

Celebrating Diversity-

  • 52% of children served are Caucuasian
  • 32% of children served are African American
  • 7% of children served are Bi-Racial/Multi-Racial
  • 9% of children served are other ethnicities

The Families-

  • 20,080 total number of Missouri families were served with 67% being single parent families
  •  50% of Head Start families participated in parenting education
  • 20% received emergency or crisis intervention through Head Start services
  • 13% received housing assistance through Head Start
  • 45% received health education through Head Start
  • 81% of Head Start families have atleast one parent working or in school
  • Over 95% of Missouri Head Start Programs had a regularly scheduled program to involved fathers/father figures with 36% of them participating in fatherhood activities.
  • Of the 1,008 homeless families served last year, 44% acquired housing during the enrollment year

The Staff-

  • 95% of classroom teachers and 43% of assistant teachers have an Early Childhood Education degree, Child Development Associate degree or state certification
  • Of the 227 teachers who left the program during the year, 26% left for higher compensation in the same field.
  • The average annual salary for teachers is $11.90 per hour and $8.83 per hour for an assistant teacher.



Missouri Head Start Association  "Working together for Missouri's children and families!"   
P.O. Box 817    Jefferson City, MO    65102    (573)884-5078

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