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Family and Social Services Administration

Office of Early Childhood and Out of School Learning Home > Head Start & Early Head Start > Program Eligibility Requirements Program Eligibility Requirements

Children birth to five years old and pregnant women are eligible for the Head Start program (3-5) or the Early Head Start program (0-3 and pregnant women) if they are homeless, receiving TANF or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), or if they are in foster care.  Another way they are considered eligible is if the family’s income is determined to be at or below the federal poverty level.  Some grantees enroll a percentage of children from families with incomes above the Poverty Guidelines as well. 

Click here for current federal income eligibility guidelines (link to : http://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty/12poverty.shtml/)