Head Start / Early Head Start

Head start blocks logoHead Start is a comprehensive child development program for low income families designed to meet the needs of children between the ages of 3 and 5, including children with disabilities. The Early Head Start program provides services for pregnant women and children ages 6 weeks old up to 3 years old. Components emphasized are education, health (medical, dental, nutritional, and mental health), and social services. Parent involvement is an essential part of the program. Head Start/Early Head Start represents an organized method of assisting families to assess their needs. Children with special needs receive a full range of developmental services. All children receive age-appropriate screenings and exams and, as needed, follow-up services and vaccinations. The programs engage parents and the community as partners in the comprehensive service delivery system.
Centers are open on Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Classroom schedules coincide with local Independent School Districts. Early Head Start classes run all year with a six week break during the summer.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligibility is determined by age and income, and prioritized by a point system.
Foster children, homeless children, and families that receive Supplemental Security Income or TANF cash assistance are categorically eligible and will take top priority.

Documentation Required

  • Completed and signed HS/EHS application
  • Birth Certificate or Proof of Birth
  • Proof of pregnancy (for pregnant moms applying)
  • Copy of Medicaid card
  • Proof of all income

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Non-Discrimination Notice
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992.

Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

Fax: (202) 690-7442; or
Email: program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.


De conformidad con la Ley Federal de Derechos Civiles y los reglamentos y políticas de derechos civiles del Departamento de Agricultura de los EE. UU. (USDA, por sus siglas en inglés), se prohíbe que el USDA, sus agencias, oficinas, empleados e instituciones que participant o administran programas del USDA discriminen sobre la base de raza, color, nacionalidad, sexo, discapacidad, edad, o en represalia o venganza por actividades previas de derechos civiles en algún programa o actividad realizados o financiados por el USDA.

Las personas con discapacidades que necesiten medios alternativos para la comunicación de la información del programa (por ejemplo, sistema Braille, letras grandes, cintas de audio, lenguaje de señas americano, etc.), deben ponerse en contacto con la agencia (estatal o local) en la que solicitaron los beneficios. Las personas sordas, con dificultades de audición o discapacidades del habla pueden comunicarse con el USDA por medio del Federal Relay Service [Servicio Federal de Retransmisión] al (800) 877-8339. Además, la información del programa se puede proporcionar en otros idiomas.

Para presentar una denuncia de discriminación, complete el Formulario de Denuncia de Discriminación del Programa del USDA, (AD-3027) que está disponible en línea y en cualquier oficina del USDA, o bien escriba una carta dirigida al USDA e incluya en la carta toda la información solicitada en el formulario. Para solicitar una copia del formulario de denuncia, llame al (866) 632-9992.

Haga llegar su formulario lleno o carta al USDA por:
Correo: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410

Fax: (202) 690-7442
Correo Electrónico: program.intake@usda.gov.

Get your child the education and support they need to improve their future with help from your local Head Start.