Enrolling Your Child in Head Start

Who is Eligible?
Children who are 3 to 5 years old are eligible for Head Start services. Pregnant women and children from birth to 3 years of age are eligible for Early Head Start services. Children and families who are homeless, in foster care, or receive TANF or SSI are also eligible for services. Eligibility is determined by Head Start program staff and some families may be eligible for services if they are determined to be at or below the federal poverty level. Some grantees enroll a percentage of children from families with incomes above the Poverty Guidelines as well.

Families are encouraged to apply.

How Do I Apply for Head Start and Early Head Start?
Contact the Head Start or Early Head Start program serving your community. They will explain the paperwork you should bring to apply. Your local program will provide the required forms and answer your questions.

Use the Head Start Locator to find a Head Start or Early Head Start program near you. Call the Head Start Knowledge and Information Management Services toll free at 1-866-763-6481 to find a Head Start or Early Head Start program in your area.