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Enrollment requirements for Early Head Start and Head Start services are based on:

  • The child’s age.

  • Family income in the last 12 months or preceeding calendar year.

  • Whether the family or child qualifies as homeless.

  • Whether the child is currently in foster or kinship care.

  • The family’s use of TANF or SSI.

Enrollment factors may also include:

  • Parental status: Whether the child lives with a single parent, pregnant mother, teen parent or non-biological custodian.

  • Disability status: Whether the child has an IEP/IFSP, including whether the child has a disability, is suspected of having a disability or is referred by a qualified mental health professional.

  • Other possibly related circumstances:
    • Terminal illness or death in the family.

    • History of domestic violence.

    • History of substance abuse.

    • Referrals from social service agencies.

    • The mental health of the parent(s).

    • Non-English-speaking family.

    • Recent immigrant or refugee family.

    • Incarcerated parent.

    • Parent(s) current active duty service in the military.