The administration, staff, and community of Head Start welcome you to another great school year. It is our objective to support children and families in school readiness. Head Start's approach to school readiness means that children are ready for school, families are ready to support their children's learning, and schools are ready for children. You have our encouragement and support for an exciting and rewarding school year.
Eligibility requirements to qualify for Head Start
Eligibility for Head Start services is primarily based on:
- The child's age
- His/her family's income (See Federal Poverty Guidelines.)
- Whether the child has a disability
Other factors taken into consideration include:
Parental status: emancipated minor, one or two parent household, foster care, or non-biological custodian
Various social conditions that could include, but are not limited to: terminal illness or death in the family, abuse, substance abuse, other siblings attending Head Start programs, referrals from other agencies, mental health of the parent, homelessness, education of parent, non-English speaking family, etc.
Expectant mothers should apply for Head Start assistance as soon as possible to limit the time their children are on a waiting list. The criteria for eligibility can vary with each Head Start program. Contact your program with specific eligibility questions.