How can I get my child into Head Start?

How to Apply

To apply for Head Start and Early Head Start, contact the program serving your community. 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.

To find a Head Start or Early Head Start program near you, use the Head Start Locator or call 1-866-763-6481 (toll-free). You may also use the link at the top of the page to contact us for more information.


Head Start and Early Head Start services are available to pregnant women and children ages birth to five and their families.

Eligibility is determined by local program staff. Your family may be eligible for Head Start or Early Head Start services if your family's income is determined to be at or below the federal poverty level. Programs may enroll some children from families whose incomes are higher than the federal poverty level if they meet other eligibility requirements. Families with circumstances such as homelessness, children in foster care, or receiving TANF or SSI may also qualify for services.

Because many programs offer services to families that may qualify them under other local criteria, we strongly recommend you contact the program in your community for more information and guidance.

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