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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 113 counties in the state of Missouri. 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.

Missouri Head Start Program Centers Listed by Counties

Recently Updated Center in Missouri Head Start Program Database:

Independence School District
Independence MO MO
Head Start provides a part-day preschool program for children and families. The part-day program is 3 1/2 hours a day, 4 days a week (Monday - Thursday) following the Independence School District K-12 calendar. The part-day program is a free program to families who qualify. Transportation is provided.
YMCA of Greater Kansas City
Kansas City MO MO
Designed specifically for children ages six weeks old through pre-kindergarten, this program provides child care and education, including dental and health services, to low-income families. A social service and parent involvement staff specialist is available to assist participating families. Created in 1965, Head Start is the most successful, longest running, national school readiness program in the United States.
Central Missouri Community Action (CMCA)
Columbia MO 65203-4359
Head Start helps all children succeed. Services are offered to meet the special needs of children with disabilities. Children in Head Start are between the ages of three and five years old. Services are also available to infants and toddlers with the Early Head Start Program.
Community Action Partnership of Greater St. Joseph
Saint Joseph MO 64503-3611
CAP St. Joe Head Start and Early Head Start services 483 low-income, infant, toddler and preschool-aged children, and their families at 14 center locations and home-based services throughout Andrew, Buchanan, Clinton and DeKalb counties.
Community Services, Inc. Head Start
Maryville MO 64468-2604
Head Start is a federally funded child and family development program serving 188 children locally. Children involved with Head Start will build kindergarten readiness skills to promote their school success and abilities to learn.
Douglass Community Services, Inc.
Hannibal MO MO
Head Start is a nationwide program that serves expectant families and children age birth to five who meet income guidelines. These families experience activities that help them grow mentally, socially, emotionally, and physically. Families leave Head Start excited about learning and ready to succeed in all future settings.
Head Start... Provides comprehensive services to children ages 3-5. The unique array of services prepares children for school and gives them a "head start" in breaking the cycle of poverty. Over 700 children are served in ESC's Head Start program.
Park Hills MO 63601-0358
Head Start offers a variety of programs to meet the needs of communities in rural Missouri. There are nine Head Start centers, offering part-day and full-day services, one home-based and a combination program. Over 700 children annually participate in Head Start in the eight counties EMAA serves.
Youth In Need
St. Louis MO 63118-4407
Grace Hill is a grantee of the Head Start program, serving 1,500 3 to 5 year old children and their families in St. Louis City. This comprehensive program is designed to foster the healthy development of young children, providing services to promote academic, social and emotional development, as well as providing social, health and nutrition services for income-eligible families. Head Start is a federally program recognized as one of the most cost-effective and successful programs in the nation for children.
Youth In Need
St. Louis MO MO
Youth In Need’s Early Head Start and Head Start program serves families who meet Federal income guidelines in St. Louis City, St. Charles City and County, and Lincoln, Warren, and Montgomery Counties in Missouri. Head Start is a program for children, ages 3- to 5-years-old. Early Head Start is for children, birth to 3-years-old, as well as prenatal services for expectant parents.