Head Start Eligibility & How to Apply

What is Head Start and Am I Eligible?

Head Start programs support children's growth from birth to age five through services that support early learning and development, health, and family well-being. Head Start staff actively engage parents, recognizing family participation throughout the program as key to strong child outcomes.

Head Start services are available at no cost to children ages birth to age five in eligible families. Head Start preschool services work with families with children ages 3 to 5. Early Head Start services work with families with children ages birth to age three, and many also serve expectant families. Many programs operate both Head Start preschool and Early Head Start services. Programs deliver child development services in center-based, home-based, or family child care settings. All Head Start programs continually work toward our mission for eligible children and families to receive high-quality services in safe and healthy settings that prepare children for school and life.

More information about Head Start can be found here: https://www.acf.hhs.gov/ohs/about/head-start

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You may be eligible for Head Start if you meet certain criteria that may include:

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How to Apply

Your local Head Start program can help you understand the requirements for applying to enroll your child.  They will answer your questions, provide the required forms and tell you what documents you need in order to apply.  Enrollment slots are limited, so contact your local program today.  If there isn’t a space for your child at this time, you can ask the program to put your family on the waitlist. 

For more information, call the program serving your community today.