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Head Start Program

The Head Start Program provides comprehensive, year-round, child and family development services to low-income families with children from birth to five years old.

During weekly home visits and parent-toddler activity groups, trained Head Start staff plan activities with families to foster the child's development, increase family literacy, promote healthy parent-child relationships, provide parenting support and education, and assist expectant families in preparing for their new baby.

Application Information

Federal Head Start ProgramFor more information or to apply for services, please call 301-891-1914 or click on the links below to submit your application online. Once your application is reviewed you will be contacted by one of our staff members to schedule an in-person interview in our office. We look forward to supporting you during your application process.

Head Start Program Application (En Español)

Head Start Program Services

View a comprehensive listing of head start program services.

Year-round Intensive Services

Head Start focuses on promoting healthy relationships as the context for all learning and growth. Children and their families receive year-round weekly services until the child reaches the age of three. Therefore, staff have the opportunity to establish close relationships with families and work in partnership with parents towards achieving goals for children and families.

Center-based Child Care

The Head Start Program provides center-based services for children and their parents through a collaboration with two center-based child care sites in Prince George's County, University Christian Church Childcare Center and Northwestern High School, and several family childcare centers in both Prince George's County and Montgomery County.

Maternal & Child Health

Head Start assures that pregnant women receive prenatal care and educational services, and that newborn children receive a medical visit within two weeks of birth. We also assure that all children receive appropriate health and developmental screening and referrals to other agencies for any identified problems/needs. Head Start provides inclusive services to children with diagnosed disabilities.

Head Start Program Staff

The multi-disciplinary Head Start staff include social workers, early childhood specialists, mental health professionals, and a registered nurse. Several of the staff are bilingual (Spanish). Staff have intensive training in Head Start and the infant mental health approach which is core to the Program model. Staff are supported by frequent supervision, ongoing training and assistance with case management.

Head Start Program Costs

Head Start is a free program for income eligible families. Families who participate in the child care option may have to pay for before and aftercare services, HS pays for the "Head Start Day" which can be up to six hours per day.

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