Frequently Asked Questions

  • EARLY LEARNING

  • Updates on COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

    • Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) will close all school sites for the remainder of the school year due to COVID-19 (coronavirus). For assistance, questions or concerns regarding Head Start, Early Head Start or VPK, please email our office.
    • Application for the 20-21 school year will resume once schools reopen. For application updates, please visit www.browardschools.com/headstart-vpk. For the latest updates on the Coronavirus, please visit www.browardschools.com/coronavirus.
    • Head Start & Early Head Start application status will be available after April 30th. 

  • How do I access the Head Start/Early Head Start online learning website for current students?

    For HS/EHS online learning resources for parents, please visit Early Childhood Online Learning.

  • When will I find out my status?

    Head Start & Early Head Start application status will be available after April 30th. If you applied by March 13, 2020, and would like to check your application status, please click here.

  • What is Head Start/Early Head Start?

    Head Start provides comprehensive educational, emotion, social, health, and nutritional services for pregnant moms, children birth-5 yrs and their families. Children are provided with a variety of age-appropriate early childhood education/learning experiences. They participate in indoor and outdoor play and are encouraged to express their feelings. Meals are served to every child along with a snack when they arrive. Parent involvement is encouraged by parents volunteering in the classroom, attending local parent meetings at each center and making decisions regarding their child’s education. Families are provided with assistance and referrals to various agencies and resources that may be needed.

  • How do I apply for Head Start/Early Head Start?

    For application information including how to apply for our BCPS Head Start/Early Head Start program for the 2020-2021 school year, please click on this link.

  • How old does my child have to be to get into Head Start/Early Head Start program?

    Head Start children must be 3-or 4-years-old on or before September 1st of the current year. Early Head Start - Pregnant women and children birth-2-years-old.

  • Will my child be able to apply if he/she has a special need?

    Head Start accepts children regardless of the type and severity of disability. Children with disabilities, homeless and Foster Care children, who meet all other requirements, are encouraged to apply.

  • How much does it cost to enroll in a Head Start program?

    Head Start and Early Head Start are a NO COST preschool program primarily servicing low income families. They are FREE to eligible families. 

  • Will the Head Start program provide transportation?

    Transportation services are not provided. Note: Bus passes may be available through the Broward County Transit Bus Pass Program. Please contact 954-357-8400 for information.

     

  • Can I bring food from home for my child?

    The BCPS Head Start/Early Head Start Program adheres to the USDA nutritional guidelines and portion size servings. We provide a free balanced, nutritious breakfast, lunch, and snack for your child. Therefore, food from home is not necessary or permitted.

  • Can my child attend any school in Broward County?

    Yes, the family participating in the Head Start Program in Broward County can attend any BCPS that offers the Head Start program and must live within Broward County. Selection for a Head Start/Early Head Start program at a school does not guarantee placement for Kindergarten at the same school. If your child is selected or offered a seat in a Head Start/Early Head Start class that is not your boundary school, you must apply for and receive a reassignment in order for your child to attend Kindergarten at the same school. To learn about the reassignment process, please visit the School Choice website.

  • If the child’s biological parents are not in the household, what types of documents are required?

    Court documents, adoption papers, temporary custody, relative care, or relevant legal documents stating that the child is temporarily in your care.

  • My child is on the waitlist, do I have to re-apply?

    Yes, if your child is on the waitlist you must re-apply each year.

  • How long will my child be on the waitlist?

    Your child will remain on the waitlist for the remainder of this school year. If your child is not selected for this school year, you must re-apply in January 2020 for the next school year.

  • I completed the pre-application, what is the next step?

    All applicants must complete an in-person interview. To schedule an appointment for your in-person interivew, please click on this link.

Contact Information

  • Head Start/Early Intervention

    600 SE Third Avenue

    Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301

    Phone: 754-321-1961

    Fax: --

    TTL: --

    Phone: --

    Angela Iudica, Ph.D.

    Director

Email Head Start/Early Intervention

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