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Head Start was launched in 1965 as an eight-week summer program by the Office of Economic Opportunity. The blueprint for Project Head Start came from a panel of child development experts who were asked to draw up a program to help communities overcome the handicap of economically disadvantaged preschool children.

In 1965, Head Start was transferred to the Office of Child Development in the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare and is now a program within the Administration on Children, Youth and Families in the Department of Health and Human Services, and administered by the Office of Head Start (OHS).

Today, Head Start programs are operated by over 1,500 community-based organizations in all 50 states and U.S. territories, including Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.  Head Start has been serving children and families of the Green Bay Public Schools since 1967.