Head Start/Early Head Start


Who qualifies? 

Families must meet current Federal Poverty Guidelines in order to qualify for Head Start/Early Head Start. Foster children who are age eligible may qualify regardless of their family’s income.

Parents must provide the following documents when applying:

  1. Birth Certificate (Proof of Guardianship/Custody if applicable)
  2. Proof of Residency
  3. Proof of Income for the past 52 weeks or previous calendar year (i.e. pay stubs, W-2, 1040, statement from employer, etc.)
  4. Documentation of child’s disability (if applicable)
  5. Photo Identification of Parent

The First Five Years


Every child deserves the best start she or he can have, no matter their circumstances. That’s why Lutheran Services Florida (LSF) has, for more than 30 years, provided the highest quality early childhood education to children who otherwise might have been left behind.

The first five years of a child’s life are absolutely essential in preparing her or him for a healthy, happy, and successful future. When children receive the quality early childhood education they deserve, not only do children fare better, but communities do, too.

LSF’s commitment to early childhood education is simple: to enhance the development of very young children between birth and five years of age (the most critical time of growth) and to promote healthy family functioning.

Children in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Duval, and Palm Beach counties are served by LSF. For more than 30 years, we have been the leading provider of early childhood education, offering comprehensive education, family services, disability assistance, and health and nutritional services to all eligible children and families.

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2016-2017 Annual Report

Parent Involvement

Children and Families_Head Start_Parent Reading to ChildParents are pivotal in the success of their children’s futures and to the success of our early childhood programs. Parents take an active role in helping to support and continue learning well beyond the classroom. Parents participate in school activities, volunteer in classrooms, attend special events and trips and assist with ongoing operations in service as committee and board members.


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