Preschool • Head Start • Child Care • Family Support
Head Start is a federal program that promotes the school readiness of children from low income families by enhancing their cognitive, social and emotional development. Head Start preschools offer developmentally appropriate activities teaching literacy, numeracy, technology, science, music, and socialization. Parents receive referral to needed resources to support their family's stability and well-being.
-For low-income families with a child 3 to 5 years old.
-Household income must be at or below 200% of federal poverty level
-Children with special needs, foster children, homeless children, and families with DCFS cases receive priority.
- This service is free
- Children accepted
How to Apply
Walk in to the PUSD office (1460 E. Holt) during business hours to complete an eligibility screening. Please arrive no later than 4:30pm.
If eligible, you will be added to the wait list and notified when an opening is available. Wait list time depends on family size, income, and need. When an opening is available, you will meet with a Family Services Specialist to provide additional family information and documentation, including:
-Proof of residence for the last 12 months
-Proof of income
-Birth certificates for all children under 18
-Immunization records, TB tests, and proof of medical and dental exams within the last 12 months for all children