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HEAD START ENROLLMENT

Ages 3 - 5

  • Children must be four or three years old on or before September 1 depending upon the center. Proof of age is required. Contact the center near you for the ages they serve.

Income, Child/Family Needs 

  • Your child will qualify if your income is within the Federal Poverty Guidelines. In addition, some children may be accepted from families whose income is over the Federal Poverty Guidelines, if they have special needs.

  • Children with disabilities or from families with special or difficult circumstances are considered even though their income is not within the Poverty Guidelines.

  • If you are unsure whether you meet the qualifications, go to the Locations & Contact Infopage and contact the center nearest you.

The following program options are available:

  • Center-Based: 4 days per week (Tuesday-Friday) center hours vary from 3.5 to 6 hours per day, 5 home visits per year and two parent/teacher conferences. 

  • Combination (Sweet Home 3-year-old class): 3 days per week (Wednesday through Friday) for 3 1/2 hours, 10-12 education home visits per year and one year end conference.

  • Center-Based (Periwinkle Extended Day Program): This classroom is prioritized for families who are enrolled and attending LBCC classes between our hours of operation: 8:45 am-3:05 pm, Monday-Friday.  Parents must be able to transport their child to and from the Periwinkle Center located on the LBCC campus.  This center operates during LBCC's Fall, Winter and Spring terms. 

  • Center-Based (Periwinkle Center Full Day Program): This classroom is prioritized for families who are working at least 30 hours per week or are working and attending LBCC for 30 hours per week.  Families' working/class hours must fall between our hours of operation: 7:30am-5:30pm, Monday-Friday.  Parents must be able to transport their child to and from the Periwinkle Center located on the LBCC campus.  This center operates during LBCC's Fall, Winter and Spring terms.

ENROLLMENT

 

Enrollment is based on criteria such as income, disabilities, family needs, employment and education.

 

Head Start is a tuition-free early childhood education and family support program.  We provide many services for low-income families, homeless families, children in foster care and children with disabilities. Children enrolled in Early Head Start and Head Start Prekindergarten attend school, receive preventive health services and nutritious meals. All families receive home visits, help with social services, and parent education and leadership opportunities. Early Head Start also offers pregnant mothers with infants and toddlers program services in their homes. 

 

 

AM I ELIGIBLE FOR HEAD START?

 

  1. Your family receives TANF benefits, SSI (disability), or is homeless

  2. The child is in foster care; or

  3. Your family’s total income the last 12 months is not over the amount allowed under the Federal Poverty Guideline

EARLY HEAD START ENROLLMENT

 

Age (Pregnant women - children 36 months)

  • Children must be 36 months or younger to qualify for the program. The center-based program services children beginning at 6 weeks.  The home-based program serves pregnant women and families with infants, and toddlers and twos.

 

Income

  • Your child will qualify if your income is within the Federal Poverty Guidelines. In addition, some children may be accepted from families whose income is over the Federal Poverty Guidelines, if they have special needs.

 

Child/Family Needs

  • Children with disabilities or from families with special or difficult circumstances are considered even though their income is not within the Poverty Guidelines. If you are unsure whether you meet the qualifications, go to the Locations & Contact Info page and contact the center nearest you.

The following program options are available:

  • In each of the 3 communities with Early Head Start programs, a home visit program is available for 9-10 pregnant women or families with infants and/or toddlers. Home base services are also available in Lebanon.  Income level and/or special needs determine eligibility. Play group activities are offered 2 times per month.

  • Sweet Home Program:  8 Sweet Home High School students with infants/toddlers are prioritized for our center-based program, which provides care from 7:30-3:30 on school days.  During the summer, enrolled families receive home visits and participate in socialization group activities.  Teen parents attending GED classes or college students and working parents may also be eligible.

  • Albany Program: 8 LBCC students with infants/toddlers are eligible for our center-based program which provides care from 7:45-5:05 throughout school terms.  During LBCC breaks and summer, enrolled families receive home visits and participate in play group activities.

  • Corvallis Program:  8 Corvallis-area families with infants/toddlers whose parents need preparation for employment and self-sufficiency are eligible for our center-based services which provides care 3 days per week for 3 hours a day. Families also receive two teacher home visits a month.

REQUIRED ENROLLMENT DOCUMENTS

 

Head Start requires you to provide certain documents so that we can verify your eligibility for the program. Please bring all documents with you. If you don’t have everything, we will still take your application.  However, the application process cannot be completed until all documents have been received. 

 

  • Child’s birth certificate, hospital record, passport or other document showing your child’s date of birth.

  • Proof that you reside in Linn County, Benton County or Jefferson School District 14J. Examples: driver’s license, telephone bill.

  • If you are not the child’s biological parent: document to show you have custody or that you are the child’s authorized legal guardian.

  • Child with a disability: a letter from a physician or qualified health provider identifying diagnosed impairments or disabilities.

  • Public Assistance (if applicable)

    • TANF benefits (cash grant or ERDC): current benefit statement, award letter, or other letter showing you receive TANF.

    • SSI-disability: current benefit statement, award letter, or other letter showing a family member receives disability.

 

 Parent(s)/guardian(s) income for all jobs worked in 2018 (if applicable):

  • Copy of 2018 Tax return or W2s

    • Check Stubs for last 12 months

    • Signed letter from employer(s) that includes dates of employment, hours worked per week, and hourly wages (letter must have employers contact information)

    • Signed letters from family members (outside the home) who provide financial assistance

    • School financial aid statements (grants, stipends, scholarships)

    • Unemployment statements

    • Veteran’s benefits

    • Child support statements

 

  • Bank statements will not be accepted

  • Child in foster care: Court order or Placement Letter from DHS-child welfare. Income statements are not required.

  • Family is homeless: Documents are not required, however, bring what you have with you.

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