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Qualification FAQs
Who qualifies for Head Start and Early Head Start?
  • IMG_5577Children from birth to age five from families with low income, according to the Poverty Guidelines published by the federal government (see below), are eligible for Head Start and Early Head Start services. Pregnant women who are low income qualify for Early Head Start.
  • Children in foster care, homeless children, and children from families receiving public assistance (TANF or SSI) are  eligible for Head Start and Early Head Start services regardless of income.
  • Head Start programs may enroll children from families that have incomes above the Poverty Guidelines.

Here are the Poverty Levels according to the Federal Government. Please visit the Federal Register for complete, up-to-date information.

Persons in family/household
Poverty guideline
For families/households with more than 8 persons, add $4,180per year; $348 per month for each additional person.
1 $12,060
2 $16,240
3 $20,420
4 $24,600
5 $28,780
6 $32,960
7 $37,140
8 $41,320