Head Start Programs Louisiana Head Start SMILE Community Action Agency's HS Program

SMILE Community Action Agency's HS Program, a Head Start Program of Lafayette, LA

501 St. John Street
Lafayette LA 70502-3343
Contact Phone
(337) 234-3272
Perhaps one of the greatest social programs of recent years, Head Start provides a part-day program for 1,300-plus preschool children. Includes social competence in health, educational, social and nutritional activities. Also offers disability services for children, and provides special needs for them so that they can interact and assimilate in the learning environment. In addition, the program provides training and technical assistance to the staff and parents to better prepare them to achieve the overall goals and objectives of Head Start. This includes workshops and college credit courses in Early Childhood Development.
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
Age Eligibility: Head Start -- Ages 3-4Children considered for enrollment must be at least three years old by September 30, the date used to determine eligibility for public schools in the community. Preference may be given to families who have two age-eligible children (ages three and four) providing all other eligibility requirements have been met. Children whose date of birth falls after September 30 of the program year will become age-eligible on their third birthday, and may be allowed to participate in the Head Start program providing all other guidelines are met. Once children are enrolled, they are allowed to remain in Head Start until kindergarten. However, the program may choose not to enroll a child a second year if there are compelling reasons such as a change in child’s family income, or another child with a greater need for Head Start services.
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