It is the mission of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) to enhance and protect the health and well-being of all Americans. We fulfill that mission by providing for effective health and human services and fostering advances in medicine, public health, and social services.
NICHD was established in 1962 by President John F. Kennedy, with the support of Congress, to study the “complex process of human development from conception to old age.”
In pursuit of its mission, NICHD conducts and supports laboratory research, clinical trials, and epidemiological studies that explore health processes; examines the impact of disabilit y and disease ; and sponsors training programs for scientists, health care providers, and researchers.
Administration for Children & Families
The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) is a division of the Department of Health & Human Services. We promote the economic and social well-being of children, families, individuals and communities with leadership and resources for compassionate, effective delivery of human services.
The Office of Head Start (OHS) promotes the school readiness of young children from low-income families through local programs. Head Start and Early Head Start programs support the mental, social, and emotional development of children from birth to age 5.
Training and Technical Assistance (T/TA) system:
The Training and Technical Assistance (T/TA) system supports program staff in delivering high-quality services to children and families. The Office of Head Start (OHS) provides leadership and direction to programs through T/TA resources. These evidence-based resources guide Head Start programs in leading the field of early childhood care and education.