Head Start is a preschool education program to help children aged 3 – 5 prepare for school success. Head Start offers health and mental health services and also offers parenting education and nutrition education. The Early Head Start program is the companion program created to address the same needs of children aged 0 – 3 and expectant mothers.
Both Head Start and Early Head Start welcome children with disabilities.
Who is eligible?
Head Start is available for children aged 3 – 5 whose parent(s) meet income limits. Children in foster care, homeless children, and children from families receiving public assistance (TANF or SSI) are eligible regardless of income.
Early Head Start is available for infants and toddlers under age 3 whose parent(s) meet income limits and for pregnant women who meet income limits. Children in foster care, homeless children, and children from families receiving public assistance (TANF or SSI) are eligible regardless of income.
How can I apply?
Your community’s Head Start or Early Head Start office can help you with understanding local requirements for enrolling your child. They will answer questions, provide you with required forms, and tell you what documents you should bring with you to apply.
Visit the Head Start locator to find your local Head Start center. You can also call 1-866-763-6481 from Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. for helping finding your local center.
Due to limited government funding, there are not enough spaces for all eligible children. 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.
Need more information?
If you didn’t find what you need on this page click here to read more online or you can dial 2-1-1 (888-892-1162). call specialists are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.