How do I apply for the Head Start program? What forms do I need?

Parents who wish to enroll their child in the Head Start program should call the Head Start center located closest to them to make an enrollment appointment with a Head Start staff member who will assist the parents through the application process. Head Start requests that parents bring the following documentation to their enrollment appointment:

  1. Proof of family income for one month, e.g., pay stub or W2 tax return.
  2. Proof of the child's age, e.g., birth certificate.
  3. Proof of enrollment in a Public Assistance program, e.g., Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) or Social Security Income.
  4. Foster care documentation
  5. Medical insurance card
  6. Documentation of child health appraisal or physical including tuberculosis, lead, hemoglobin, hearing, height and weight.

** Eligibility for the full day program requires Purchase of Care Authorization (POC)

Once the application is complete, all families are assigned a weighted scale number depending on the demand factors or need associated with their family. Additional points are given to children with a documented disability, foster care status, public assistance program or homelessness. Those families with the highest weighted scale number, i.e. those families with the greatest need, will be given enrollment priority. The program is continually accepting applications and assigning families to the wait list. Once an enrollment slot becomes available, the family with the highest weighted scale number will be offered the program opening. This process ensures that New Castle County Head Start, Inc. is always providing services to those families with the greatest need.

All families who apply will be sent a letter stating whether they have met the enrollment qualifications. Included with that letter may be a list of additional documentation that the program will need upon, or shortly, after enrollment including, child health appraisal, e.g., physical, dental records and immunization records. The New Castle County Head Start, Inc. program is required to obtain this information for all enrolled children in the program. Head Start staff will assist parents to ensure that all the required information is obtained.