The Head Start Act of 2007 provided the authority for Head Start grantees to shift funding from services for Head Start preschool age children to Early Head Start services for pregnant women, infants, and toddlers, whether or not they currently operate an Early Head Start program.
Many states and localities have increased their funding of public pre-K and are now able to serve children currently or previously served by Head Start. In conducting their community assessment, Head Start grantees may find that the needs of the communities they serve have changed. Under the Head Start Act of 2007 Section 640f2B and 645a5, Head Start grantees may request conversion of funded enrollment slots and a proportionate reallocation of funds from Head Start to Early Head Start.
Any grantee proposing a conversion of Head Start services to Early Head Start services must obtain governing body approval and submit the request to their Regional Office.
Source: Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center
Available at: https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/standards/pi/2014/resour_pri_002_061814.html