Is my child eligible for Head Start? What about Early Head Start?
In general, eligibility is based on family income and the age of your child. Early Head Start is for children birth to age three. Head Start is for children ages three to five years. Families who are experiencing homelessness, receiving SSI or TANF, or have children in foster care are also eligible.
Are children in foster care eligible for Head Start and Early Head Start?
Yes! Children in foster care are eligible, regardless of family income.
Does Head Start and Early Head Start accept children with disabilities or special needs?
Yes, we do! We know that all children deserve a Head Start. Our agencies are required to have a certain number of students enrolled that have an individual education plan (IEP) or an individual family service plan (IFSP).
What if my income level is too high?
Good news! When available, Head Start programs can enroll a limited number of children whose families are above the income guidelines. Talk to your local program to see if your child is eligible.
What are my other options if my child is ineligible?
The Child Care Aware program can help you locate other child care services in your community. You can contact them directly at 800-424-2246 or visit www.childcareaware.org.
How can I get involved with Head Start and Early Head Start?
Head Start and Early Head Start programs welcome and encourage parents and families to get involved in their child’s education.
What is the difference between California State Preschool Program and Head Start?
The difference between California State Preschool Program (CSPP) and Head Start is how services are funded. Funding for CSPP comes from the State of California, while Head Start receives funding from the U.S. Federal Government.