First, you need to find the program in your community. Your local program will provide you with answers to your specific questions and the required forms. They will also guide you through the process and let you know what to expect.
In general, eligibility is based on family income and the age of your child. Early Head Start is for children birth to age three and pregnant mothers. Head Start is for children ages three to five years. Families who are experiencing homelessness, receiving SSI or TANF, or have children in foster care are also eligible. Contact your local Head Start program to find out more about eligibility.
Yes! Children in foster care are eligible, regardless of family income.
Yes, we do! We know that all children deserve a Head Start. Our agencies are required to have a certain number of students enrolled that have an individual education plan (IEP) or an individual family service plan (IFSP).
Good news! When available, Head Start programs can enroll a limited number of children whose families are above the income guidelines. Talk to your local program to see if your child is eligible.
Head Start and Early Head Start programs welcome and encourage parents and families to get involved in their child’s education. You can find out more about getting involved by visiting our parent page.