How can I enroll my child(ren)?
Children must qualify based on the following criteria:
Head Start – Children who are three years old on or before September 1st of the current school year.
Early Head Start – Infants and toddlers (up to age 2 ½).
Families must meet the federal poverty guidelines and/or meet other eligibility criteria.
Must reside in the GCCSA, Inc service area.
Documents to Determine Eligibility:
Child’s Birth Certificate
Child’s up-to-date Immunization Records
Proof of Address
Proof of Income for the previous 12 months (1040, W2, SSI Documentation, TANF Documentation, Child Support Printout, Pay Stubs, Scholarship/Grants/Student Loan Documentation, Foster Care Statement)
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How can I submit an application to enroll my child in the Head Start or Early Head Start Program?
Typically, applications must be completed by a Family Services Specialist at one of our centers. However, this school year, because we care about the safety of our children, families and community, we are moving to virtual enrollment and learning, until it is safe to meet in person again.
To complete the application process, you will need the required documents to determine eligibility.
What are the income requirements? How do I know if my family qualifies?
Income requirements are set by the federal government and are changed each year. The best way to see if your family qualifies is to contact a Family Services Specialist for further information.
Click Here: Federal Poverty Guidelines
Will I need to complete another application if my child is on the wait list?
No. If your child is not selected for enrollment, your child’s application will remain on the wait list for the current program year or until a vacancy occurs that is appropriate for your child. However, if your child is still age-eligible for the next program year, you will be contacted by a Family Services Specialist to complete a new application. If your contact information changes, please contact the Family Services Specialist at the Center where you completed the application to update your contact information so that you can be reached when a vacancy occurs.
Does my child have to be potty trained?
No. Head Start does not require children to be potty trained. Our teachers will work with you and your child to support you during this process.
Will my child be able to apply if he/she has a special need?
Yes. We welcome children with special needs. Visit our Special Services section to learn more about our commitment to working with families and children with disabilities to meet their developmental and social-emotional needs.
We provide services to children with a variety of special needs, such as:
How much does the program cost?
Head Start/ Early Head Start is free of charge. In addition, all meals and snacks are provided at no cost.
What if my family is over income for your program?
We are allowed to accept a small percentage of over-income children in our program. However, we must ensure all income-eligible children are served first.
Does my child need a current physical or dental examination to apply?
No, not to apply. However, up-to-date immunizations are required in order for your child to start attending. Dental and Well Child Exams are due to the Center within 90 days of your child’s enrollment. We will work with you to set up a physical examination and/or dental appointment if your child does not have health insurance or a medical/ dental provider.
What training do the teachers have?
Our teaching staff have a variety of experience and educational backgrounds. Teacher Aides must at least possess a High School Diploma. Assistant teachers must have at least a Child Development Associate Certificate. Classroom teachers must have a minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree with coursework related to Early Childhood Education.
If you are interested or if you need more information, contact the nearest GCCSA Head Start and Early Head Start Location.
The GCCSA Head Start & Early Head Start Program is open to all children and families regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, and disability.