1933 East Second Street
Defiance OH 43512-2503
Head Start is a federally funded school readiness program for preschool children ages 3-5 years, from families that meet income guidelines based on 100% of the federal poverty guidelines, are foster children, are homeless or receiving public assistance. Ten percent of enrollment slots are available for children with professionally diagnosed disabilities. NOCAC Head Start provides Center, Home Based and Combined Option services to 465 children in Defiance, Fulton, Henry, Paulding and Williams counties from September through May.
Who is Eligible?
Children who are 3 to 5 years old are eligible for Head Start services. Pregnant women and children from birth to 3 years of age are eligible for Early Head Start services. Children and families who are homeless, in foster care, or receive TANF or SSI are also eligible for services. Eligibility is determined by Head Start program staff and some families may be eligible for services if they are determined to be at or below the federal poverty level. Some grantees enroll a percentage of children from families with incomes above the Poverty Guidelines as well.
Families are encouraged to apply.
How to Apply
Head Start Application
Complete and submit the online pre-application:
After submitting the online pre-application, a member of the Recruitment Team will contact you within five working days to arrange a convenient time to continue the application process. At that time further explanation will be provided to you as to what information you will need to gather (listed below) and at what point in the process it is needed.
Family Income (For 1 year) Income tax return, 1040, W2, 12 month pay stubs, written statement from employer, or documentation of TANF/FIP and SSI (bring current notice of decision)
Child's Birth Verification Hospital or State certificate
Medicaid Card o Childâ€™s Social Security Card o Custody Papers (if applicable)
Child's Immunization Card
Please understand that every application submitted to NOCAC Head Start is not guaranteed acceptance into the program.
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