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Federally-funded head start programs help prepare young children from low-income families, ages birth to five years old, and their parents for the social and educational challenges that young children face as they develop. Each head start program focuses on providing comprehensive services designed to enhance a child's emotional, social, cultural, language, reading, mathematics, science, health and nutrition education.

This head start center locator page contains links to listings of programs offered in the 100 counties in the state of Illinois. Each listings page contains the name, address and contact information for a specific county's available centers. From that page, use additional links to explore individual center facts, application instructions and directions.

Our head start center locator features the number of head start centers per county in parentheses ( ) to the right of the county names. To see a current list of your county's head start centers, click your county's name.

Illinois Head Start Program Centers Listed by Counties

Recently Updated Center in Illinois Head Start Program Database:

One Hope United
Chicago IL 60616
As one of only three federal Early Head Start and Head Start grant recipients in the Chicago area, the Ounce of Prevention Fund provides high-quality child care and preschool services to 1,400 children through partnerships with six community agencies. Our centers offer half-day and full-day services for children from birth to age five; a few centers also offer home-based services. The Ounce also operats a doula program for 30 women on Chicago's Soud Side.
Mount Sterling IL 62353-0231
Head Start is a nationwide program funded by the Administration for Children and Families. The program is designed to provide learning experiences for families and children age birth to 5 years of age.
Project NOW, Inc., Community Action Agency
Rock Island IL 61201-8123
Project NOW Head Start is an early education and comprehensive family support program provided at no cost to families with 3-5 year olds. Funded primarily by the Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, services
Quincy Early Childhood
Quincy IL 62301-4149
Early Childhood is a collaboration of three programs: Head Start, Pre-Kindergarten (Pre-K), and Early Childhood Special Education. Students qualify through having an economically disadvantaged family income, are at-risk of progressing academically, and/or demonstrate a disability. Children must be three years of age by September 1st of the year entering, unless the child has disability. Children with disabilities are eligible on their third birthday. Students attend half-days Monday-Thursday, with an option for a small number of 4-year-olds to attend all day.
Head Start is our nation's premier early childhood model. We focus on family strengthening and early childhood development for children in need from birth through age five.
Rock Island School District 41
Rock Island IL 61201-6563
Rock Island/ Milan School District #41 Preschools are a comprehensive child development programs for preschoolers residing in Rock Island/Milan geographical area. The children we serve will eventually be students in the public school system and we want them to achieve to the fullest of their ability. Our goal is to offer a comprehensive program for preschool children and their families with emphasis on education, parent involvement, health and social skills. Please call our office for more information or to schedule an intake appointment.
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Carbondale IL 62901-5609
SIUC Head Start is a program operated by Southern Illinois University Carbondale on a federal grant. The program is designed to serve children three to five years of age from families qualifying for Head Start throughout Jackson and Williamson Counties.
Southern Seven Health Department
Ullin IL 62992-2226
Tazewell-Woodford Head Start
East Peoria IL 61611-2755
Head Start is a federally funded preschool and family development program for low income children age three to five and their families. Head Start’s educational program is designed to meet the individual needs of each child. Children attend the program three hours a day Monday through Friday. The curriculum follows both the Head Start Child Outcomes Framework as well as the Illinois Learning Standards. Families are encouraged to participate in a variety of program activities throughout the year.
Two Rivers Head Start Agency
Aurora IL 60506-1146
Head Start is a national program that promotes school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of children through the provision of educational, health, nutritional, social and other services to enrolled children and families.