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Head Start is a federal program that prepares kids to succeed in school and life by promoting children’s development through early learning, health, and family well-being. It’s free to eligible families with children ages birth through 5. What’s more, parents can find support, too. Head Start offers a wide array of services that promote family health.

What services does Head Start provide?

Head Start programs offer a variety of services, including but not limited to:

  • Early learning and development
  • Health and wellness
  • Family well-being
  • Family engagement
  • Prenatal services
  • Home visiting
Who is eligible for Head Start?

Eligible children and families may include:

  • Children and families with incomes below the poverty guidelines
  • Children in foster care regardless of income
  • Children with special needs
  • Homeless children
  • Children from families receiving public assistance, such as:
    • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
    • Supplemental Social Security
    • SNAP (Wisconsin FoodShare)
How can you apply for Head Start and Early Head Start?

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

To find a provider near you, use the Head Start Locator Tool.

Learn more about Head Start in Wisconsin.

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