Head Start Eligibility

  • Head Start
    In order to be eligible for the Head Start Program, the following must apply:

    • Head Start children must be 3-or 4-years-old on or before September 1st of the current year
    • Family income must be at or below the US Department of Health & Human Services Poverty Guidelines to qualify for the program
    • Applications must be completed by parent/guardian ONLY

    Families that are receiving public assistance, experiencing homelessness, have children with disabilities, and foster care parents are encouraged to apply

    Documents Needed To Apply

    Examples of acceptable income documentation for each family member

    • Public Assistance records (TANF cash assistance, SNAP food assistance, Supplemental Security Income [SSI]) award letter or printout showing eligibility/amounts and dates received.


    • Social Security Benefits (SSA) Award Letter/Benefit Verification Letter Only (retirement or disability)
    • Income Tax Form 1040 (previous year)
    • W-2 Forms (previous year)
    • Pay stubs with year-to-date income for the full year (previous year or past 12 months)
    • Notarized Employment Verification from employer (download)
    • Unemployment Compensation Records
    • Veterans benefits records
    • Child Support/Alimony records
    • Worker’s Compensation records
    • Military allotment records
    • Training stipends
    • Grants, fellowships, scholarships

     Other Documents if Applicable

    • Diagnosis documentation of medical conditions 
    • Documented mental health conditions
    • Documented conditions that impact the child's education
    • Outside speech, language, and behavioral plans
    • Individualized Educational Plan (IEP)

    Please be aware of the following: Broward County Head Start/Early Head Start has a limited number of available slots and applying does not guarantee that your child will be enrolled. Enrollment is based on eligibility and the needs of the child/family. To be accepted, your child needs to meet the age and income requirements. Please read these guidelines before starting the online application. For more information, please email us at headstart@browardschools.com or call 754-321-1961.

Contact Information

  • Head Start/Early Intervention

    600 SE Third Avenue

    Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301

    Phone: 754-321-1961

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    Sharonda Davis-Bailey