Program DescriptionHead Start is both the name of a family of Federal programs for low-income children and their families, and the name given to the original program for children from 3 to 5 years of age. The Head Start family of programs includes: Early Head Start, Migrant Head Start, and American Indian Head Start. Head Start is designed to facilitate child development and promote school readiness by enhancing social and cognitive development through the provision of health, educational, nutritional, social, and other services to meet the comprehensive needs of families.
Funding for all Head Start programs flows directly from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to local agencies. Communities provide a 25 percent local match to Federal funds. There are no parent fees for this program. There are Head Start services for preschool age children in every county in Florida.
General Program RequirementsIn order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Florida, you must be a parent or primary caregiver responsible for a child who is too young for public school.
If you do not meet these criteria, you may still qualify if you are a U.S. national, citizen or permanent resident whose financial status is low income or very low income, who is under-employed, unemployed or about to become unemployed, facing pregnancy, less than 19 years of age yourself, or the parent or primary caregiver for children under the age of 19 years. Other qualifications may apply.
Your Next StepsThe following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.
Application ProcessFor enrollment information, contact the program nearest you: