Head Start and Early Head Start
Give Your Child a Head Start
Head Start is a federal program that serves children up to the age of five, and pregnant women, from low-income families. Head Start helps prepare children for success in school through:
- Early childhood education;
- Services for children with disabilities.
Health, Nutrition and Mental Health
- Healthy meals and snacks;
- Helping pregnant women find pre-natal care;
- Helping families find health care, including dental and mental health care.
- Parenting workshops, events and one-on-one training;
- Giving parents the chance to be Head Start volunteers;
- Helping parents find job training, transportation and other community services.
Eligibility for Head Start is based upon local and federal income and child age requirements. Ten percent of Head Start enrollment is to serve children with special needs. Children with disabilities are integrated into the Head Start Program.
To enroll a child in the Head Start program, the parent or guardian must:
- Contact the program.
- Apply to the program.
- Attend the program orientation.
• Do You Need Child Care? [English] [Spanish]
• Working Together: Early Head Start and the Infant and Toddler Connection of Falls Church.
• Mobile Dental Care. [English] [Spanish]
• CRADLE: Supporting the Home Language of Head Start Families.
• 2009-2010 Annual Report.