Head Start is federally-funded pre-k for 3- and 4-year-olds, offering free tuition for families at or below 100% of poverty. Classrooms are located in public schools and other community sites.
Certain risk factors may give a family priority for Head Start, such as whether a child is in foster care, the family receives SSI, or is homeless. In these situations, income is not used to determine eligibility.
Head Start assigns schools based on a family’s location.