Age Eligibility

  • Infants/Toddler/Pregnancy = ages 0-36 months old currently
  • Pre-School Age = 3 & 4 years old by September 1, 2017

Income Eligibility

  • The federal poverty guidelines are used to evaluate family income
  • 90% of families meet 100% of the income guidelines and 10% are allowed to be over income.

Categorical Eligibility

Child or families are currently:

  • Foster or Kinship child Placement
  • Receiving Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF)
  • Receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Homeless according to McKinney Vento Definition


1 $12,060
 2  $16,240
 3  $20,420
 4 $24,600
 5 $28,780
 6 $32,960
 7 $37,140
 8 $41,320

For families/housholds with more than 8 persons add $4,180 for each additional person

Head Start Definition of Family for Eligibilty and Recruitment
Family means all persons living in the same household who are:

  1. Family, for a child, means all persons living in the same household who are:
    (1) Supported by the child’s parent(s)’ or guardian(s)’ income; and
    (2) Related to the child’s parent(s) or guardian(s) by blood, marriage, or adoption; or
    (3) The child’s authorized caregiver or legally responsible party.PART 1305—ELIGIBILITY, RECRUITMENT, SELECTION, ENROLLMENT, AND ATTENDANCE IN HEAD START
    Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 27 / Tuesday, February 10, 2015 / Rules and Regulations

Head Start Program Definition of Income
Income means total cash receipts before taxes from all sources, with the exceptions noted below.  Income includes money wages or salary before deductions; net income from non-farm self-employment; net income from farm self-employment; regular payments from Social Security or railroad retirement; payments from unemployment compensation, strike benefits from union funds, workers’ compensation, veterans benefits (with the exception noted below), public assistance (including Temporary assistance for Needy Families, Supplemental Security Income, Emergency Assistance money payments, and non-Federally funded General Assistance or General Relief money payments); training stipends; alimony, child support, and military family allotments or other regular support from an absent family member or someone not living in the household; private pensions, government employee pensions (including military retirement pay), and regular insurance or annuity payments; college or university scholarships, grants, fellowships, and assistantships; and dividends, interest, net rental income, net royalties, and periodic receipts from estates or trusts; and net gambling or lottery winnings.