Age Eligibility

  • Infants/Toddler = ages 0-36 months old currently

  • Pregnant Women

  • Pre-School Age
    • = 3 years at the time of Enrollment
    • = 4 years on or before September 1, 2020


Income Eligibility

The federal poverty guidelines are used to evaluate family income


Categorical Eligibility

Families experiencing or receiving the following services are categorically eligible.
Please submit award letter, placement paper work with your application.

  • Foster or Kinship child Placement

  • Receiving Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF)

  • Receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

  • Homeless according to McKinney Vento Definition

2020 Income Guidelines

Eligibility Income Guidelines

For families/households with more than 8 persons add $4,480 for each additional person

Head Start Definition of Family for Eligibility and Recruitment

Family means all persons living in the same household who are:

  1. Family, for a child, means all persons living in the same household who are:

    (1) Supported by the child’s parent(s)’ or guardian(s)’ income; and

    (2) Related to the child’s parent(s) or guardian(s) by blood, marriage, or adoption; or

    (3) The child’s authorized caregiver or legally responsible party.PART 1305—ELIGIBILITY, RECRUITMENT, SELECTION,


    Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 27 / Tuesday, February 10, 2015 / Rules and Regulations


Head Start Program Definition of Income

Income means total cash receipts before taxes from all sources, with the exceptions noted below.  Income includes money wages or salary before deductions; net income from non-farm self-employment; net income from farm self-employment; regular payments from Social Security or railroad retirement; payments from unemployment compensation, strike benefits from union funds, workers’ compensation, veterans benefits (with the exception noted below), public assistance (including Temporary assistance for Needy Families, Supplemental Security Income, Emergency Assistance money payments, and non-Federally funded General Assistance or General Relief money payments); training stipends; alimony, child support, and military family allotments or other regular support from an absent family member or someone not living in the household; private pensions, government employee pensions (including military retirement pay), and regular insurance or annuity payments; college or university scholarships, grants, fellowships, and assistantships; and dividends, interest, net rental income, net royalties, and periodic receipts from estates or trusts; and net gambling or lottery winnings.