435 Rowan Road
Clinton NC 28329-0127
Head Start is a federally funded comprehensive preschool program designed to meet the emotional, social, health, nutritional and psychological needs of 3-5 year olds and their families. Children who attend Head Start participate in a number of educational activities; they receive free medical and dental care, have healthy meals and snacks and enjoy playing indoors and outdoors in safe settings. The goal of the Head Start program is to promote and prepare all eligible children and their families for a more successful life.
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
Parents or guardians of children 3-4 years old may obtain an application for enrollment for the Head Start program at each Head Start site or at the Central Administrative Office on Rowan Road. The application must be accompanied by a copy of the childâ€™s birth certificate, immunization record, social security card, Medicaid card (if applicable), and proof of income in the form of a check stub, W-2 form, tax return, child support stubs, WFFA income, or SSI letter indicating amount of income.
After the application is processed, eligible applicants are placed on a waiting list. Children who are from the lowest income bracket have first priority, as are children with special needs. Applications are ranked and points are given for certain criteria. There are limited spots available at each Head Start center, and slots are filled from the waiting list. Selections are made in May of each year by the Head Start Policy Council (an advisory board appointed by the Sampson County Bo