School Readiness Goals
Head Start and Early Head Start serve low-income children ages 0 to 5 and pregnant women.
Both programs use the 100% of the Federal Poverty Level for priority placement. In addition, the programs can serve 35% of families whose income is between 101 and 130%.
Additionally, 10% of families can exceed 130% of the FPL.
Families receiving TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families), SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance, aka food stamps) or SSI (Supplemental Security Income) are automatically eligible. Homeless children and children in foster or kinship care are also automatically eligible.
Head Start and Early Head Start also serve children with disabilities.