How to Apply

Head Start is our national premier provider of developmental and educational services to children from birth to age five; pregnant moms and their families, with low income, according to the Poverty Guidelines published by the federal government, are eligible for Head Start and Early Head Start services. 

Children in foster care, homeless children, and children from families receiving public assistance (TANF, SSI or SNAP) are categorically eligible for Head Start and Early Head Start services regardless of income. 

Head Start programs may enroll up to 10% of children from families with incomes above the Poverty Guidelines. Programs may also serve up to 35% of children from families whose incomes are above the Poverty Guidelines but below 130% of the poverty line if the program can ensure that certain conditions have been met.


Early Head Start (EHS) programs serve infants and toddlers under the age of 3 and pregnant women. EHS programs provide intensive, Child playing with blockscomprehensive child development and family support services. 

Head Start (HS) program serves children who are 3 to 5 years of age. HS promotes school readiness for children in low-income families by offering educational, nutritional, health, social, and other services. 

Contact your local Head Start or Early Head Start program to learn about their requirements and to discuss your child’s eligibility.  Your local program will provide the required forms and answer your questions. They will also tell you what documents you should bring with you to apply.



Click the link below to find a Head Start/Early Head Start program near you