How to Apply

Click here to learn more about applying for Head Start.

Eligibility

At least one of the following criteria must be met in order to be eligible for Head Start:

  • Family income must be at or below the federal poverty guideline, or
  • Family is receiving SSI, or public assistance
  • Family is homeless, or
  • The child is in foster care, or relative home placement
  • The child has a diagnosed disability

Application

Applications are accepted year-round from families who meet the eligibility criteria. Home Visiting serves pregnant women and children under the age of three.  Pre-School serves preschool children, ages three and four years old.  Children may turn 5 years old while in Preschool.

How to apply if you are:

  • Pregnant moms, Children 0-3: Click to complete the Online Application
  • 4 year olds before Sept. 1st: Call to schedule enrollment appointment at 616-453-4145

Enrollment

Based on our placement criteria, a staff member will contact you to set up an appointment to complete a full enrollment with your child. Please bring the following information with you:

  • Proof of income (last year’s W-2, SSI, pay stubs)
  • Proof of birth date for each child to be enrolled. Click to get birth certificates on-line. (https://www.accesskent.com/VitalRecords/)
  • Proof of residency
  • Current immunization records
  • Recent physical (within one year) and dental examination report (within 6 months)
  • Medicaid or insurance card