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Learn about Head Start

Head Start and Early Head Start are federal programs that provide funding for children ages 0-5 from low-income families to receive quality early education services.

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.

To find out about the availability of Head Start and Early Head Start in your community, and to determine if you are eligible for the program, contact your local Head Start agency.

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.

General Requirements

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.

Local Requirements

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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