200 Dent Street
Rocky Mount VA 24151-1209
Head Start is a comprehensive education, health, nutrition and parent involvement program that was created in 1965. Nearly 25 million pre-school aged children across the United States have benefited from Head Start. It is designed to foster the healthy development of three and four year old children from low income families. STEP provides education, nutritious meals, and the opportunity for the social, emotional and intellectual growth that helps to prepare the children for success in school and life. In addition, STEP Head Start provides medical and dental support services. The Head Start approach serves the entire family and seeks to empower both parent and child.
STEP Head Start serves 138 children annually in Franklin and Patrick Counties. Employing approximately thirty five staff, Head Start employees includes teachers, teacherâ€™s assistants, family service specialist, and transportation personnel.
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
To enroll you may contact the Head Start office below:
200 Dent Street
Rocky Mount, VA 24151
4559 Wayside Road
Stuart, VA 24171
The following information is required:
Verification of income:
A check stub or a W-2 form
A letter from your employer (on letterhead) stating the days, hours and wages per hour
A letter from the Department of Social Services
A letter from DCSE or a notarized letter from the absent parent
Copy of Insurance Card
Physical and Immunization Records
Verification of Birth:
A birth certificate or letter from the hospital, notarized or signed by the physician or hospital official.