For Parents

American Rescue Plan & Child Tax Credit Information to Consider:

President Biden’s American Rescue Plan(ARP) Act included historic investments to support low- and middle-income parents who have long faced increasing financial strain, worsened by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. For more information about the Child Tax Credit (CTC), please visit the sources below, provided by the Administration for Children and Families, or contact your local Head Start program for additional information and supports:

White House website for Child Care Tax Credit Info: https://www.whitehouse.gov/child-tax-credit/

ZERO TO THREE website on importance for ECE/young children: https://www.zerotothree.org/resources/4066-child-tax-credit-expansion-is-a-win-for-babies-early-development

Urban Institute research paper onimpacts: https://www.urban.org/sites/default/files/publication/103794/2021-poverty-projections-assessing-four-american-rescue-plan-policies_0_0.pdf

Easy Signup for Low-Income Families:

Low-income families with children are eligible for this crucial tax relief, including those who have not made enough money to be required to file taxes. If a couple makes less than $24,800, a head of household makes less than $18,650, or a single filer makes less than $12,400,and they have not filed their taxes, a simple, easy tool is available to signup for the CTC. Learn more at ChildTaxCredit.gov.

Need help in contacting your local Head Start program? Please visit: https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/center-locator

Assisting Families With Access to Benefits, Expanded Tax Credits, and Supports Through the ARP Act:

The American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act provides many sources of direct and indirect financial relief for families with low incomes.
These payments and tax credits do not affect family income in determining eligibility for child care subsidies and do not count toward adjusted gross income for tax filers.

Tax Help:

To learn more about helping families understand and access available tax credits, please contact EITCOutreach.org. In addition, free tax preparation services may be available for eligible families at Volunteer Income Tax Assistance sites in your area.

Questions:

To get answers to your questions and/or to learn more information, please contact the National Center on Parent, Family, and Community Engagement at pfce@ecetta.info or (855) 208-0909 (toll-free).

Head Start Services

Children’s Services

Academic. Head Start prepares children for school by teaching them to listen, speak clearly, follow directions, solve problems, and use numbers and words.

  • Social. The program teaches children to respect others and how to cooperate and resolve differences.
  • Health. Head Start teaches personal and dental hygiene and provides daily nutrition and health screenings and follow-up care by medical and dental professionals.
  • Disabilities. Children with disabilities are welcomed and receive services from specially trained teachers. At least 10 percent of Head Start participants have physical, social or intellectual disabilities.

Family/Community Services

Through personal counsel, resource-sharing, Head Start helps family members with academic, childrearing, job and housing issues.

  • Parents and grandparents volunteer in the classroom or on field trips and on Policy Council, which guides each local program.
  • Head Start partners with community groups and businesses to link children and families with resources such as medical/dental care, child care or job training.

Staff Services

The dedication of Head Start staff is reinforced by many opportunities to learn and grow in their profession. Up to 5 percent of program budgets go to staff education and training.