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Head Start Approach

Head Start programs support children's growth from 3 to age 5 through services that support early learning and development, health, and family well-being. Head Start staff actively engage parents, recognizing family participation throughout the program as key to strong child outcomes.


Head Start services are available at no cost to children ages 3 to 5 in eligible families. Programs deliver child development services in center-based settings. At each of our 8 locations, Head Start programs continually work toward our mission for eligible children and families to receive high-quality services in safe and healthy settings that prepare children for school and life.

  • Does my family qualify for the Head Start Program?
    Your family qualifies for the Head Start program if your household income is at or below the poverty level. Check the poverty guideline below to see if your family qualifies. Families who receive public assistance (TANF, SSI, or SNAP), and those with children in foster care or children who are homeless, also qualify regardless of income.
  • What are the components of a Head Start program?
    Head Start takes a comprehensive approach to meeting the needs of young children. There are four major components to Head Start: Education: Providing a variety of learning experiences to help children grow intellectually, socially, and emotionally. Health: Providing health services such as immunizations, dental, medical, and mental health, nutritional services, and early identification of health problems. Parent Involvement: Involving parents in the planning and implementation of activities. Parents serve on policy councils and committees that make administrative decisions; participate in classes and workshops on child development; and volunteer in the program.
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