A head start program benefits children by helping them with cognitive and social development, states the National Head Start Association. It also introduces important subjects such as math, language and literacy before schooling officially begins.
Children that begin in head start programs tend to do better in various subject matter learned in school, notes the NHSA. Children who start schooling with this type of program also tend to have better attendance and graduation rates. They also do better with language, cognitive development, and interpersonal and social skills than other children. Head start programs are especially beneficial for children in a non-parental environment, such as foster care, allowing them to excel while in school, notes the NHSA.