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Apply Now for Head Start in Monroe County

Parents and other guardians of Monroe County children prenatal to age 5 can enroll in Head Start and Early Head Start now before the start of the school year in August.

Head Start, operated by the South Central Community Action Program in Monroe County, is a federally funded preschool program providing classes for low-income families at no cost to them.  In addition to receiving preschool services, enrolled families will benefit from family development programs, access to other local resources, additional staff support, family events and parent trainings.  

SCCAP has Head Start classrooms at 11 sites in Monroe County. Its Early Head Start program has five center-based classrooms at Jack’s Defeat Creek Mall in Ellettsville that serve children from 6 weeks to 3 years old in a group setting.

Early Head Start also has a home-based program for children prenatal- 3 years, where a home visitor comes to each child’s home once a week for 90 minutes to work with parents and their child one-on-one.  Its home-based program also includes a playgroup for the children in the program to interact with each other and have opportunities to socialize with their peers.

Those interested in enrolling in Head Start or Early Head Start may call 812-334-8350, ext. 209. In order to apply, you will need to bring in your child’s birth certificate or some legal proof of age, health insurance card, immunization records, and proof of income for any parents/guardians supporting the child.

SCCAP will host an Open House for Head Start enrollment on July 21 from 5-6:30 p.m. at 1500 W. 15th Street. Families with children five and under are encouraged to attend.

SCCAP is a nonprofit organization that provides opportunities for low-income citizens to move toward personal and economic independence. Its programs include Affordable Rental Housing, Energy Assistance and Education, Growing Opportunities greenhouse project, Head Start, Health Insurance Enrollment, Individual Development Accounts, Section 8 Housing, Thriving Connections and Weatherization.

Head Start follows federal poverty guidelines to determine eligibility. If a family makes less than the amount in the table below in a year, the family will be income-eligible for Head Start.  Foster children and children transitioning through homelessness are automatically eligible for the program. Families that receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) are income eligible for the program as long as they provide proof that they fit those criteria.

Persons in family/household

Poverty guideline

For families/households with more than 8 persons, add $4,160 for each additional person.


$11, 880


16, 020














Head Start Preschool Program (age 3-5) options:

Broadview Learning Center (some transportation available): -9-3 M-Th

Fairview Elementary School (some transportation available): 10-4 M-Th

First United Christian Church (East Side): 9-3 M-Th

Grandview Elementary School: 9:30-3:30 T-F

Highland Park Elementary School: 12:30-4:00 M-F

Jack’s Defeat Creek: 8:30-2:30 M-F

Lindbergh, SCCAP main office (extended day for working parents): 7-5:30 M-F

Lindbergh, SCCAP main office (6 hour): 9-3 M-F

Stinesville Elementary School: 9-3, T-F

St Paul Methodist Church: 9-3 T-F

Templeton Elementary School: 12:30-4:00 M-F

Walnut Woods (off Miller Dr): 8-2 M-F