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Benefit Details
Pennsylvania Head Start
Managing Agency Center for Schools and Communities (PA) http://www.state.pa.us

Program Description

The Head Start program (for children ages 3-5) and Early Head Start program (for pregnant women, infants, and toddlers) promote school readiness for children in low-income families by providing comprehensive educational, health, nutritional, and social services. Parents play a large role in the programs, both as primary educators of their children and as participants in administering the programs locally. Both programs provide pre-literacy and literacy experiences in a multi-cultural environment. Parents are also provided social services, including assistance with childcare. Services are also available to migrant and seasonal farm worker families.

General Program Requirements

In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Pennsylvania and 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 Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process

To apply for this program please visit the Head Start Locator. The Head Start Locator provides a searchable database of Head Start programs.

Program Contact Information

Please visit the Pennsylvania Head Start Association for more information.
If you would like to speak with a State representative regarding the program, you can also call the Pennsylvania Head Start Collaboration Project at: 717-763-1661