APPLYING FOR HEAD START & EARLY HEAD START
ARE YOU ELIGIBLE?
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 (TANF or SSI) are eligible regardless of income.
To be considered for Head Start, children must be 3 or 4 years old on or before September 1st prior to September enrollment AND from families who are at or below the federal poverty income guidelines.
EARLY HEAD START
Families with children up to 3 years old, and prenatal may be considered for Early Head Start if the family meets federal low-income guidelines and the parent is enrolled in school or employed full time.
ITEMS NEEDED FOR ENROLLMENT:
Child's Health Insurance
Child's Birth Certificate
Proof of Income (one of the following)
last year's tax return
3 pay stubs
Find an Early Head Start or a Head Start program near you with the Head Start Locator