applying for Head Start / Early Head Start

step 1

Find out if you eligible

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.

The following guideline figures represent annual income.

2018 Poverty Guidelines for the 48 Contiguous States and the District of Columbia

Persons in family/household Poverty guideline
1 $12,140
2 16,460
3 20,780
4 25,100
5 29,420
6 33,740
7 38,060
8 42,380

For families/households with more than 8 persons, add $4,320 for each additional person.

step 2

Gather Required Documentation

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

* Though not required at time of application, the child’s up-to-date physical exam and shot record must be on file prior to placement at a chosen center or family child care home.

step 3


Apply Online:  Online applications are available for selected counties. Click on your county from the list below to see if this option is available to you.

Apply in Person: Download the application and drop it off the at the main LSF Head Start office in your county.

Address: 3027 San Diego Drive Jacksonville, Florida 32207

Phone: 904-423-8637

Apply Online

Address: 3635 W. Waters Avenue, Tampa, FL 33614

Phone: 813-676-9486 or visit the office at

Apply Online

Address: 2210 Tall Pines Drive, Largo, FL 33771

Phone: 727-547-5979

Apply Online 

Address: 3230 Commerce Place, Suite A, West Palm Beach, FL 33407

Phone: 561-233-1600

Apply Online

Address: 301 SW 8th Street, Belle Glade, FL 33430

Phone: 561-996-1718

Apply Online