How to Apply and Eligibility 

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.

Who qualifies for the Head Start program? 

  • Families who receive public assistance (TANF, SSI, or SNAP) regardless of income level
  • Children in foster care
  • Children who are homeless
  • Families with household income at or below the poverty level. Click the link below to check your status

Check Poverty Guidelines

Use the link below to locate a local program near you. They’ll take care of everything. They’ll help you get the right forms, give you more information on what documents you need to submit, and answer any questions you may have.  

Locate a program near you!