Head Start

A quality educational and social experience for children of low- to moderate- income families ages birth to 5 years, and expectant mothers.

Head Start provides a classroom environment for children of low-income families who are three years of age, and four years of age by September1. The program also provides educational experiences to families, which help them raise successful children.

Children are provided various cognitive, affective, and motor skill development experiences in both large and small group settings. This encourages them to develop socially, intellectually, physically, and emotionally in a manner appropriate to their age and stage of development.

Lessons in general health and nutrition, along with family involvement, are part of the daily activities. To give your child the Head Start they deserve call 1-877-422-2726 to enroll.


Family Income Guidelines 2016-2017

Size of Family Annual Income
1 $11,880
2 $16,020
3 $20,160
4 $24,300
5 $28,440
6 $32,580
7 $36,730
8 $40,890


For families with more than 8 members, add $4,160 for each additional member.


Available in:

  • Barry County
  • Calhoun County
  • St. Joseph County
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2016 Barry County Birth to 5 Application View/Download
Barry County Application - Español View/Download
Barry County Community Resource Guide View/Download
Calhoun Co. Application - Español View/Download
Calhoun County Community Resource Guide 2015-2016 View/Download
Condado de Calhoun Guia de Recursos Comunitarios 2015-2016 View/Download
Condado de St. Joseph Guia de Recursos Comunitarios 2015-2016 View/Download
Expectant Mothers Application View/Download
Expectant Mothers Application - Español View/Download
Longitudinal Study for Early Head Start and Head Start View/Download
Manual Familiar 2015-2016 View/Download
St. Joseph Co. Preschool Application View/Download
St. Joseph County Community Resource Guide 2015-2016 View/Download
St. Joseph County Preschool Application - Español View/Download
Volunteer Application View/Download
2017_2018 Family Handbook Final View/Download
Calhoun County Birth to Five Services Application Form (1) View/Download