Head Start offers center-based, Family Child Care, and home visiting options on a part-day, part-year, or full-time basis. Head Start comprehensive services support children's physical, social, emotional, nutritional, and dental health.
Early Head Start services for children younger than 3 years old are not available in all communities.
Head Start Eligibility
Head Start accepts eligible 3 and 4 year old children until they can enter kindergarten. Early Head Start accepts eligible infants and toddlers. Some programs also enroll pregnant women.
Eligibility is generally based on family income at or below the poverty level according to the Poverty Guidelines published by the federal government. Children in foster care, homeless children, and children from families receiving public assistance (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families or Supplemental Security Income) are eligible regardless of income.
Contact the Head Start or Early Head Start agency in your community to find out about their local requirements for enrolling your child.
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