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 1 of the current school year.
Early Head Start – Pregnant women, and 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 service area.
The GCCSA Head Start and Early Head Start program is open to all children and families regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, and disability.
Documents to Determine Eligibility:
Child’s Birth certificate
Child’s up-to-date Immunization Records
Proof of Address
Proof of Income (1040, W2, SSI Documentation, TANF Documentation, Child Support Printout, Pay Stubs, Scholarship/Grants/Student Loan Documentation, Foster Care Statement)
If you are interested or if you need more information, fill out our online Inquiry Form or Contact the Center nearest you here.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How can I submit an application to enroll my child in the Head Start or Early Head Start program?
Applications must be completed by a Family Service Associate at one of our centers. 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 the family services staff for further information.
Click Here: http://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty/13poverty.cfm
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 the Family Service Associate to complete a new application. If your contact information changes, please contact the Family Service Associate at the center where you completed the application update your contact information so 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 page to Learn More about our commitment to working with families and children with disabilities, including significant disabilities, to meet their developmental and social-emotional needs.
What is your definition of a disabled child? Can this question go on the Special Services page instead of here?
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 child 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 Administrator 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?
Teaching staff have a variety of experience and educational backgrounds. 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.