Is my child eligible for Head Start or Early Head Start?

Children from birth to age five from families with low income, according to the Poverty Guidelines published by the federal government, are eligible for Head Start and Early Head Start services. Children in foster care, homeless children, and children from families receiving public assistance (TANF or SSI) are categorically eligible for Head Start and Early Head Start services regardless of income.

Click here to view the 2017 federal Poverty Guidelines.

Head Start programs may enroll up to 10% of children from families that have incomes above the Poverty Guidelines. Programs may also serve up to an additional 35% of children from families whose incomes are above the Poverty Guidelines, but below 130% of the poverty line if the program can ensure that certain conditions have been met.

Pregnant women may also be eligible for Early Head Start.

How do I find a Head Start Center near me?

If you need help finding a Head Start center in your area, click here or call our main office at 601.321.0960.

Are children in foster care eligble for Head Start?

Children in foster care are Head Start eligible, regardless of family income.

What if my income level is higher than the Poverty Guidelines?

Head Start programs may enroll up to 10% of children from families that have incomes above the Poverty Guidelines. Programs may also serve up to an additional 35% of children from families whose incomes are above the Poverty Guidelines, but below 130% of the poverty line if the program can ensure that certain conditions described in the section 645 (a)(1)(B)(iii)(II) of the Head Start Act have been met.

What are some other options if my child is ineligible for Head Start?

If you are ineligible for Head Start, the Child Care Aware program can help you in locating other childcare services in your community. To find the local child care resource and referral agency, please contact Child Care Aware toll-free at 800-424-2246 or visit www.childcareaware.org.

How can I get involved with Head Start?

Head Start welcomes volunteers. By becoming a volunteer you can help in the classroom and on field trips, assist in renovating centers, and support parent education. Your volunteer experience may later qualify you for training which can help you find employment in the child care field. To find out more about volunteer opportunities at Friends of Children, call 601.321.0960.

Are you currently hiring?

To view a complete list of open positions, please visit our Employment page. If you have any questions, contact our Human Resources Department at 601.321.0960.

What will my child learn at Head Start?

Head Start is a well-rounded educational experience for families with children from pre-birth to five years of age. We use The Creative Curriculum for Preschool and The Creative Curriculum for Infants, Toddlers and Twos. The program addresses children's social, emotional, physical, cognitive and language development.