Head Start is a federally-funded community-based program for low-income families with preschool-age children (ages 3 to 5).
Head Start is focused on making sure children are school-ready by engaging them in activities that promote social, emotional, physical, cognitive and educational development. In addition, Head Start offers family case management, disability services and support, connection to mental health services for children and families, and health screenings for children. Your child will receive a healthy meal and/or snack during the day.
As a parent, you are your child’s first and most important teacher. Head Start emphasizes your role in your child’s life, and our staff work with you and your child together, offering programs that support:
-Family wellbeing and positive parent-child relationships
-Families as learners and lifelong educators
-Family engagement in transitions
-Family connections to peers and community
-Families as advocates and leaders
EARLY Head Start is a federally-funded community-based program for low-income families with infants and toddlers (ages six weeks to 3).
What Program is Best for Me and My Child?
Head Start offers a variety of service models. Program options include:
Where is Head Start Available?
Head Start operates centers in Biddeford, Berwick, Buxton, Kittery, Old Orchard Beach, Saco, Sanford and Waterboro.
You can apply to Head Start if you live in or near one of these towns, and have children between the ages of six weeks and 5years.