Head Start / Early Head Start

Head Start is a national program that promotes 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 from birth to age five from families with income below the poverty line are eligible for Head Start (preschool age children) and Early Head Start services (birth to age three and pregnant women). Children from families receiving public assistance (TANF or SSI) are also eligible for Head Start and Early Head Start services regardless of family income. Foster children are also Head Start and Early Head Start eligible regardless of their foster family’s income. There may be children in each program (up to 10%) who are enrolled without meeting the criteria listed above.

MARC oversees Head Start programs in Clay, Jackson, and Platte counties.

To find a Head Start or Early Head Start program in your area by phone, please call the Head Start Knowledge and Information Management Services at
1-866-763-6481 (toll free)

For a detailed list of Head Start or Early Head Start programs in your area, use website listed below.