Total Head Start Spending: 1965-2009
"Head Start is intended to provide a boost to disadvantaged children before they enter elementary school. Its goal is to help disadvantaged children catch up to children living in more fortunate circumstances. From fiscal year (FY) 1965 to FY 2009, Congress spent $167.5 billion in 2009 dollars on Head Start. (See Chart 1.) From FY 2000 to FY 2009, the average annual appropriation for Head Start was $7.6 billion."