Early Childhood Education Program Law and Legal Definition

According to 20 USCS § 1003(8), the term “early childhood education program” means--

“(A) a Head Start program or an Early Head Start program carried out under the Head Start Act (42 U.S.C. 9831 et seq.), including a migrant or seasonal Head Start program, an Indian Head Start program, or a Head Start program or an Early Head Start program that also receives State funding;

(B) a State licensed or regulated child care program; or

(C) a program that--

(i) serves children from birth through age six that addresses the children's cognitive (including language, early literacy, and early mathematics), social, emotional, and physical development; and

(ii) is--

(I) a State pre-kindergarten program;

(II) a program authorized under section 619 or part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act [20 USCS § 1419 or §§ 1431 et seq.]; or

(III) a program operated by a local educational agency.”