Head Start & Early Head Start
What is Head Start & Early Head Start?
ABC Head Start and Early Head Start (HS & EHS) is a federally-funded program in Monroe County that provides educational and developmental services to over 1,000 children and pregnant women. We also provide 175 children with services through a partnership with Volunteers of America and Ibero American Action League.
In the United States, every year over a million children are served by Head Start programs in every state and territory. Today, ABC provides one of the highest performing programs in the country by actively ensuring all children, regardless of family income, have a quality preschool education; as well as assisting parents in providing a home-life that nurtures their child’s full development.
What Does HS & EHS Do?
Employs a dedicated, highly qualified staff
Provides a child-centered, individualization approach
Promotes a healthy, stable home and family life
Provides children with health screenings and nutritious meals
Supports strong family foundations
Encourages parents to be involved in the program with their children
“If anyone was to ask me what’s the best school for my 3 or 4 year old child, hands down it would be ABC Head Start. There you know your child will get all they need and more to help them get ready for kindergarten. I am forever grateful for the ABC Head Start family.”
“It is easy to leave them in the care of the staff here. I was referred to this school last year, and they have lived up to every story I heard!”
“I absolutely love the program. My worker is very hands on and informational. She brings good activities to do with my son as his development progresses. She leaves information for me and helps me with referrals to the community if I need it.”
- Children under the age of 5 and pregnant women
- Household income at or below federal poverty guidelines
Items needed when applying:
- Child’s birth certificate (or other official document verifying the child’s birth date)
- Child’s up-to-date immunization records, physical exam (including lead and hematocrit), and dental exam
- Proof of income (pay stubs, DHS budget sheet, Form 1040 tax return, 6 months of unemployment with W-2 or SSI statements)