Discover What Head Start Offers

Artwork of a baby, teenager, and pregnant motherHead Start prepares America's most vulnerable young children to succeed in school and in life. To achieve this, Head Start programs deliver services to children and families in core areas of early learning, health, and family well-being. They also engage parents as partners every step of the way. Learn more about these services and how to apply.

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Did you know Head Start provides comprehensive services to more than a million children each year?

Birth to 5

We support learning through play, creative expression, and guided activities. We build strong relationships as the foundation
of early learning. 

We promote language and literacy development, early math and science concepts, and positive attitudes toward learning.

Health and Wellness

We promote physical development both indoors and outdoors. We serve breakfast and lunch, as well as healthy snacks.

We provide medical, dental,  hearing, vision, and behavioral screening.

Social Services

We help families find assistance in challenging times. 

We help families identify and reach goals around employment, training, and parenting.

Disability Services

We build on children's strengths and individualize experiences to meet their needs.

We collaborate with community agencies when further assessment is needed.

How to Apply

  1. Find a center near you.
  2. Contact the center
  3. Follow that center's instruction to apply
  4. Call 1-866-763-6481 with any questions

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Last Updated: April 15, 2019