Head Start & Early Head Start

What is the age of children served?

Prenatal to age 3 – Early Head Start
Age 3 to 5 – Head Start

Who is eligible?

In general, eligibility is based on family income at or below the poverty level. Families with other situations including homelessness, and children in foster care, or receiving SSI or TANF also are eligible. A minimum of 10% of a program's total enrollment must be children with disabilities. It is important to contact the Head Start or Early Head Start in your community to find out about their local requirements for enrolling your child.*

What services are provided?

Both Early Head Start and Head Start include comprehensive services such as: education; screenings and follow-up for health, development, and behavior; health and safety; social and emotional health; nutrition; family goal-setting; social services; and transition services. Head Start grantee organizations are funded directly by the federal government

How to Apply

Applications are made directly to the Early Head Start and Head Start program in your community. If there is not a space for you and your child at this time, ask the program to put your family on the waiting list*

Find your nearest Early Head Start and Head Start agency

For More Information

Visit Head Start - For Families.

*Information from the US Office of Head Start