Managing Agency Kentucky

Program Description

Head Start is a Federal program that promotes the school readiness of children from birth to age five from low-income families by enhancing their cognitive, social, and emotional development. Head Start programs provide a learning environment that supports children's growth in many areas such as language, literacy, and social and emotional development. Head Start emphasizes the role of parents as their child's first and most important teacher. These programs help build relationships with families that support family well-being and many other important areas.

Many Head Start programs also provide Early Head Start, which serves infants, toddlers, and pregnant women and their families who have incomes below the Federal poverty level.

General Program Requirements

In order to qualify, you must have an annual household income (before taxes) that is below the following amounts:

Household Size* Maximum Income Level (Per Year)
1 $12,060
2 $16,240
3 $20,420
4 $24,600
5 $28,780
6 $32,960
7 $37,140
8 $41,320

*For households with more than eight people, add $4,180 per additional person. Always check with the appropriate managing agency to ensure the most accurate guidelines.

Your Next Steps

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

Application Process

To apply for Head Start and Early Head Start, contact the program serving your community using the Head Start Locator tool below. Your local program will provide the required forms and answer your questions. They will also tell you what documents you should bring with you to apply.

Program Contact Information

To find a Head Start or Early Head Start program near you, call 1-866-763-6481 (toll-free) or use the Head Start Locator:

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