Head Start is a federally-funded program that provides preschool education and ensures that both children and
parents are prepared for kindergarten and for a life of learning. However, Head Start promotes far more than a quality education. Through either direct service or referrals, Head Start children also receive numerous health services ensuring good physical, dental, nutritional, and mental health. Head Start is available at no cost to pregnant moms, infants, toddlers, and preschoolers up to age five from income-eligible families. Children with special needs are welcome.
Three different Head Start programs exist to best serve our children and parents:
Head Start serves children ages 3-5 who are not eligible for kindergarten.
Early Head Start
Early Head Start serves pregnant women and children under 3 years of age.
Home-Based Head Start
The Home-Based program supports families by providing in-home services to assist parents in the educational growth of their children. Home Visitors come into the home weekly and work with parent and child on activities designed to address their child’s individual needs. Children also learn through socialization during regular visits to a center.
The Head Start home-based program (ages 3-5) is 9 months and the Early Head Start home-based program (birth-3 years of age) is 12 months. Home-based Head Start is a great alternative to traditional preschool education if the parent is not ready for their child to go to a center or if the parent wants more one-on-one assistance in helping their child prepare for a life of learning. Two options exist for home-based services:
1.5 hours of home visitation weekly and center socialization twice monthly; or
1.5 hours of home visitation bi-weekly and center socialization twice a week.
Download a PDF version of our Head Start Fact Sheet.
Convenient Locations & Schedules
Head Start is available in morning half-day, afternoon half-day, or full-day classes at nearly 140 sites in Hamilton County. CAA directly provides Head Start services at two locations and through partnerships with numerous other child care centers in Hamilton County.