Head Start / Early Head Start Frequently Asked Questions
How do I get my child enrolled in head Start?
Click here (The Family Partnership/Community Outreach Manager’s email should be the link) to submit an inquiry and you will be contacted by JFCAC staff at any of our 10 centers.
If I complete an application, does that mean my child will get into the Head Start program right away?
Children must meet age and income guidelines to be accepted into the program.
How old does my child need to be in order to enroll in the program?
Early Head Start serves children from birth to three years of age, as well as pregnant women.
Head Start serves children from 3 to 5 years of age. Children must turn 3 before July 31st of the program year. Children who are age eligible for Kindergarten are NOT eligible for Head Start.
What do I need to apply for the program?
• Proof of Income
• Child’s Birth Certificate or Child’s Medicaid/Insurance number
Is there a fee for Head Start/Early Head Start?
No, all Head Start/Early Head Start services are of no charge to participating children and families.
Do you serve children with disabilities?
Yes, 10% of your slots are reserved for enrolling children with disabilities.
What curriculum does Head Start/Early Head Start use?
For our center-based option, we utilize the High Scope curriculum. This curriculum is research based, validated, and demonstrates proven effectiveness for child outcomes and school readiness.
Our Home Based Early Head Start option utilizes “Partners for a Healthy Baby” Curriculum. This comprehensive curriculum addresses many issues of child health and development such as pregnancy, parenting, and individual family needs. Topics related to mental health, health, safety, early child care and education, typical child development, self-esteem and family empowerment are also included.
Can I volunteer?
Yes, volunteers are always welcome! Parents are the most common volunteer, working with children on special projects, assisting at meal time and on the playground. Volunteers from colleges, local community organizations, firefighters, police, and grandparents are also encouraged to volunteer and may coordinate special activities and events into the centers for children and families. Please contact a center if you are interested in volunteering for the program.
What is Policy Council?
Members of Policy Council include parents of currently enrolled children as well as community representatives. Their role is to be involved in program planning and decision making of the Head Start program.
Health Information links:
Missouri Health Net for Kids (Medicaid Services) http://dss.mo.gov/mhk/
Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services
405 Maple Street
Hillsboro, MO 63050
15 South Oak Street
Union, MO 63084
Jefferson County Health Department Hotline: 1(888) 640-3113