The interpretation of “public assistance” in Sec. 645 of the Head Start Act now includes receipt of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. This policy change allows Head Start programs to reach families better and coordinate benefit programs so that families eligible for multiple programs can more easily participate in services for which they qualify.
Upon issuance, this Information Memorandum allows programs to determine SNAP recipients as categorically eligible for Head Start services.
Read answers to FAQs about the guidance that adds the receipt of SNAP benefits to Head Start eligibility criteria.
This flyer is a recruitment tool for programs to share with families and community partners about Head Start eligibility and services for SNAP recipients.
Read this letter from the Dr. Futrell about accepting recipients of SNAP benefits as categorically eligible for Head Start services.
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Read this press release to learn more about how the receipt of SNAP benefits qualifies families for Head Start services.
Programs may use the Head Start Eligibility Verification Form as a component of the eligibility determination record alongside copies of documents or statements deemed necessary to verify eligibility.
Watch this webinar to hear OHS leadership discuss the addition of receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Benefits to the Head Start eligibility criteria.
Last Updated: April 20, 2023