Head Start is a comprehensive early childhood development program that server low-income and their families.
Children from birth to age five
whose families meet the Federal poverty guidelines are eligible
for Head Start services.
Review the current Head Start Family Income Guidelines (2009) .
Children with disabilities whose families are above the
Head Start poverty guidelines may still be eligible to enroll
in Head Start programs.
To find a Head Start program near you, search the location of Head Start Centers and homes in Maine at http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/HeadStartOffices.
The Head Start grantees in Maine administer programs throughout the state. Contact the agency in your area to learn more about eligibility requirements, and openings that may be available.
There are different Head Start program options available for families in Maine:
- Head Start refers to programs geared for children 3-5 years of age.
- Early Head Start refers to programs geared for children 0-3 years of age.
- American Indian Alaskan Native Head Start address the specific needs of children, 0-5 years of age, from these populations.
- Home Start refers to Head Start and Early Head Start programs that are offered in family child care homes.