According to the Office of Head Start, the average cost per child ranges from $9,000 to $12,000 [2012 dollars]. Estimates are based on costs associated with delivering comprehensive services on a year-round basis. Estimates include costs related to assessments of children and families, case management, and facilitation and tracking of referrals. In addition, cost estimates include the program structure, governance, management, and supervisory supports.
Implementing Early Head Start–Home-Based Option (EHS-HBO)
Last updated: April 2018
Estimated Costs of Implementation
Purchase of Model or Operating License
There are no costs associated with operating licenses. Rather, program sites receive funding to operate Early Head Start through a federal competitive application process.
Training and Technical Assistance
No information is available about the costs of training and technical assistance.
No information is available about the costs of data systems used to support implementation.
Recruitment and Retention
No information is available about the costs of recruiting and retaining families.
The information contained on this page was last updated in April 2018. Recommended Further Reading lists the sources for this information. In addition, the information contained in this profile was reviewed for accuracy by the Office of Head Start on January 16, 2018. HomVEE reserves the right to edit the profile for clarity and consistency.