Office for Children - Head Start

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

703-324-8290
TTY 711

Pennino Building, 12011 Government Center Parkway, Suite 920
Fairfax, VA 22035

Jennifer Branch,
Director

Eligibility Guidelines

banner head start children posing for photo

Head Start is a national child development program that serves families with children from birth to age five, and expectant parents. The program is designed to prepare children for success in school by enhancing their intellectual, social, emotional, and physical development. This service is provided at no cost to eligible families.

Household Size Yearly
1 12,880
2 17,420
3 21,960
4 26,500
5 31,040
6 35,580
7 40,120
8 44,660
For Each Additional Family Member Add +4,540

 

Household Size Tier 1 Tier 2
1 16,744 32,200
2 22,646 43,550
3 28,548 54,900
4 34,450 66,250
5 40,352 77,600
6 46,254 88,950
7 52,156 100,300
8 58,058 111,650
For Each Additional Family Member Add 5,902 11,350

 

[1] The 2021 Poverty guidelines established by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services were published in the Federal Register became effective on January 13, 2021. The Federal Poverty guidelines are used to determine eligibility for federally funded classrooms and slots. All Fairfax County Head Start/Early Head Start programs use the most current published Federal Poverty guidelines.

[2] The Local guidelines are used to determine eligibility for locally funded classrooms and slots. Tier 1 is 130% of poverty, Tier 2 is 250% of poverty.

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