Children must be age 0 to 5 years old. Ninety-five percent of enrollment must be from low-income families (see income guidelines below). Five (5) percent of the enrollment may consist of families who exceed the low-income guidelines but who meet other program criteria. Children of homeless families and foster children are categorically eligible for Head Start Services.
Family income must be verified before determining eligibility which may include current Income Tax Form 1040, W-2 forms, pay stubs with current date & name, written statements from employers, or documentation showing current status as recipients of public assistance (TANF) or a 906 form for a Foster Child.
In order for a family to be considered for a full-year/full-day slot, the following criteria shall apply:
- Currently employed 30 hours per week with verification;
- Enrollment in GED (General Education Diploma) program or other educational pursuits with verification;
- Involvement in a training program for a minimum of 30 hours per week.