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Head Start / Early Head Start

Head Start (offered in Monroe County only)

Head Start (HS) is a family centered child development program whose mission is to promote school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of children through the provision of educational, health, nutritional, social and other services to enrolled children and families. Children participate in a variety of educational activities that reflect best practices in early education. We strive to create a learning environment that will develop cognitive, social, emotional, and physical skills. We encourage parents to build their skills by becoming involved in our program, doing this helps to increase self-confidence and problem solving skills in both the parents and children. 

SCCAP Head Start has been in existence since 1965 and provides service to 267 children ages three to five in 10 locations and 17 classrooms across the county. Head Start provides half-day, full-day, and extended day classes. We are open to all children and families regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, and disability. 

EARLY Head Start

Early Head StartEarly Head Start (EHS) is a federally funded program that provides and promotes comprehensive early childhood development, supports families, and encourages growth in all members of the family and community. The goals of the program are:

  • to promote healthy prenatal outcomes for pregnant women;
  • to enhance the development of young children
  • to promote healthy family functioning.
SCCAP Early Head Start provides service to 57 children and expectant mothers.

Download the Head Start Brochure:  English   Español
Download the Early Head Star Brochure:  English

Program Supports
Support is offered in the following areas in both programs:
  • Individualized services
  • Health and Dental Screenings
  • Family Support
  • Parent Involvement
  • Services to meet Special Needs
  • Full Nutrition Program
  • Community Resources
  • Limited transportation (not EHS)

Who is Eligible

We are open to all children and families regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, and disability.
  • Head Start Eligibility:  Children who are three by August 1 of the current school year and not have turned 5 years old before August 2 and meet federal poverty income guidelines though some exceptions are made.
  • Early Head Start Eligibility:  Expectant mothers and children up to age 3 and meet federal poverty income guidelines though some exceptions are made.

Enrollment Requirements

  • Copy of Birth Certificate
  • Immunization Records
  • Income documentation for the last 12 months which can include:  W2, Tax Return, SSI Documentation, TANF Documentation, Child Support Printout, Work One Wage Inquiry, Pay Stubs, Scholarship/Grants/Student Loan Documentation, Foster Care Statement
If interested or need more information, fill out our online Inquiry Form.

Not finding what you are looking for or have other questions/comments?  Contact: Stacey Edwards, Head Start Director,
office: 812-339-3447, ext. 332.

All SCCAP services are provided without regard to race, age, color, religion, sex, disability, national origin, ancestry or status as a veteran.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I enroll my child in Head Start or Early Head Start program?
There are several ways to submit an application for your child to enroll in Head Start.  You may call our office to have an application mailed to you or can stop by one of our locations to pick up an application.  After you complete the application, you will need to meet with a Family Advocate to complete the application process.  If you just want more information, you can complete the inquiry form online and we will reply to your request.  

Will I need to complete another application if my child is on the wait list?
No, your child will remain on the waitlist until a vacancy occurs that is appropriate for your child.  However, if you have moved, please contact Family Services at (812) 339-3447 ext. 310.

How old does my child have to be to get into Head Start or Early Head Start program?
For our Early Head Start program, a pregnant mother may apply within the first 35 weeks of her pregnancy; children birth to 3 years old are eligible.  An infant must be 6 weeks old before attending the Center-Based option for Early Head Start.  For Head Start, the child must be 3 years old by August 1 of the current school year and not have turned 5 by August 2 of the same school year.

Does my child have to be potty trained?
No, Head Start does not require children to be potty trained.

What are the income requirements? How do I know if my family qualifies?
Income requirements are set by the federal government and are changed each year. The best way to see if your family qualifies is to contact the family services staff for further information.  Contact Family Services at (812) 339-3447, ext. 310

Will my child be able to apply if he/she has a special need?
Yes, we welcome children with special needs.
How can my child qualify for an extended day slot or Early Head Start?
All parents or legal guardians in the household have to be either in school, working or in a vocational program to qualify for an extended day class or Early Head Start.

How much does the program cost?
Head Start/Early Head Start is free of charge.  We do charge on a sliding fee scale for the Head Start extended day classes to cover the “extended” portion of the day, similar to before and after school.   This cost can be covered with CCDF or CASY funding or self- pay.  Early Head Start does not charge a fee.

Can I stay in the classroom with my child?
Yes, parents are always welcome to volunteer at their child’s classroom.

Does my child need a current physical or dental examination to apply?
No, but we do require immunization records to get a child started in a classroom.  We will work with you to set up a physical examination and/or dental appointment. 

What training do the teachers have?
Teaching staff have a variety of experience and educational backgrounds. Assistant teachers must have at least a Child Development Associate Certificate.  Lead teachers must have at an Associate or more advance degree with course work related to Early Childhood Education.