Head Start and Early Head Start

Quality Early Childhood Education Helping Your Children and Families Prepare for Life

Family Service Head Start ensures every child has the opportunity to be school ready. A member of the National Head Start Association, Family Service offers Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships, birth to 3 years, and Head Start, 3 to 5 years of age.

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Early Head Start and Head Start promote school readiness by encouraging parent involvement and through the cognitive, social, emotional, language, and physical development of children.

Head Start aims for every child to be:

  • Achieving developmental milestones
  • Safe, healthy, and well
  • School ready
  • Forming positive relationships

The impact of a Head Start education extends beyond the child. Research shows the children of Head Start students are significantly more likely to finish high school and enroll in college.

Kindergarten ready: Children’s school readiness and cognitive skills when entering kindergarten are an indicator for their success throughout their education

Education is more than academics: students’ with family involvement at their school do better academically and behaviorally.

Overview

Family Service Head Start is much more than child care; it’s quality early childhood education.

Research-Based Curricula

Lesson plans are built around research on children’s development and learning and promote positive progress and outcomes.

Family Engagement

Parents and caregivers involvement in their children’s education makes a long-term impact on their child’s success. Our Centers make it easy for parents to be involved.

Lower Ratios

Our classrooms have fewer students per teachers allowing for more individualized care and attention.

Wraparound Services

Resources and services are provided to help the child and family thrive.

Ready Kids

Through evidence-based curriculum, quality care, and instructional support, we ensure every child develops school readiness skills and are prepared to enter kindergarten.

Every child is unique, and as such, we offer individualized learning experiences. Through planned and spontaneous instruction, relationships with adults, and play, children grow in their literacy skills, math and science concepts, and social-emotional development.

The Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework focuses on each child’s:

  • Approaches to Learning
  • Language and Literacy
  • Cognitive Development
  • Social and Emotional Development
  • Motor and Physical Development
Ready for your children to attend? Review our eligibility requirements and apply today!

Empowered Children

High-quality, comprehensive early childhood education empowers children to reach their full potential.

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Do you need field experience or practicum hours?

Work at one of our Early Head Start or Head Start Centers!

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Eligibility

Please be aware, our Head Start and Early Head Start classrooms have different age requirements.

Head Start Requirements
Age: 3 to 5 years of age
Our Head Start Centers have an income-based requirement. Though, we encourage everyone to apply.

Early Head Start Requirements
Age: 6 weeks to 3 years
Our Early Head Start Centers have an income-based requirement. Though, we encourage everyone to apply.

Apply

The application asks general information questions about your child and your family.

Before applying please be sure to review our eligibility requirements and have the below items ready. To process your application, you will need:

  • Social Security Information or TANF letter
  • Proof of residence
  • Proof of Income (such as pay stubs, Form W-2, Form 1040, or others)
  • Child’s state-issued birth certificate
  • Copy of child’s Medicaid or private insurance card
  • For children in need of special services: Individualized Education Plan (IEP), Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP), or doctor’s documentation

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Locations

Head Start

Family Service Head Start is offered throughout Northside Independent School District, a center in the Judson Independent School District, a center in the North East Independent School District, and at YMCA within Haven for Hope.

Two of our Head Start Centers, Christian Evers Elementary School, Murray E. Boone Elementary School and Haven for Hope, provide continuity of care from birth to kindergarten.

Early Head Start

Family Service partners with Northside Independent School District and YMCA- Haven for Hope for our Early Head Start Centers.

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Testimonials

Making a Difference

We love Head start! Our son, Cameron, has reached new levels in his education so quickly, and he’s always so eager to learn and go to school! It’s all thanks to the program and his wonderful teachers. We give all the praise to Head Start!

Samantha Benavides

As a parent with Head Start, my experience was great! All the teachers that worked with my daughter Chanel were awesome and patient. Chanel loves her teachers, and we trust them. I know it can be a challenge at times but we had no worries nor any issues. Over all, I’d highly recommend [Head Star] and would do it again! Thank you to the Head Start teachers and staff for all that you have done.

Erica Garcia

This is my second child I’ve had in the Head Start program. Both of my children have really enjoyed it. This year my daughter Aniya started in the middle of the year. Teachers and staff were all very welcoming, helpful and easy to communicate with. Everything was well organized for me. We both really enjoyed the experience and are thankful for all she learned and received while in Head Start.

Patricia Brown

A wonderful program! Our daughter loves her teachers. The love and encouragement they give to their students is outstanding. I could not have ask for a more memorable first year of school for my daughter!

Ashely Guill

El programa del Early Head Start y las maestras han sido una buena guia de inspiracion para que mi hijo aprenda, cresca y logre alcanzar su desarrollo infantil.

Miriam Figueroa

FAQS

Find the answers to your questions here

How much does it cost?

Head Start enrollment is free based on household income. Please fill out this intake form for more information or call us today at 210-299-2740 to learn more.

Where are Family Service’s Head Start Centers?

Our centers are located in the Northside Independent School District, a center in the North East Independent School District and a center in the Judson Independent School District. Refer here for a full list of centers.

For more information on our locations, call us 210-299-2740 or email us at headstartintake@family-service.org.

When can I apply to enroll my child in Head Start or Early Head Start?

Applications are accepted year-round. If you are eligible to attend one of our centers but there are no openings, you will be placed on a waitlist.

When applying, you will need:

  • Social Security Information or TANF letter
  • Proof of residence
  • Proof of Income (such as pay stubs, Form W-2, Form 1040, or others)
  • Child’s state-issued birth certificate
  • Copy of child’s Medicaid or private insurance card
  • For children in need of special services: Individualized Education Plan (IEP), Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP), or doctor’s documentation

How are Head Start and Early Head Start different than sending my child to daycare?

Head Start and Early Head Start are based on early education curricula and years of research. Head Start aims to prepare your child for school and helps encourage them in their cognitive, social and emotional development. Head Start also focuses on the importance of the family dynamic and provides support for parents and guardians as the child’s first teacher.

What are your hours?

They vary depending on the specific Center. For more information about a specific Head Start center, please call us at 210-299-2400. After you complete your application, you will receive more information on your Center.

What do I need to enroll my child?

The application asks general information questions about your child and your family. You will need the below information as you complete the application. Head Start is an income-based program but we encourage everyone to apply. Start your application to enroll your child today.

The application asks general information questions about your child and your family. To process your application, you will need:

  • Social Security Information or TANF letter
  • Proof of residence
  • Proof of Income (such as pay stubs, Form W-2, Form 1040, or others)
  • Child’s state-issued birth certificate
  • Copy of child’s Medicaid or private insurance card
  • For children in need of special services: Individualized Education Plan (IEP), Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP), or doctor’s documentation

What are the enrollment priorities?

We follow federal poverty guidelines for enrollment; however, we encourage all families to apply, as we offer enrollment opportunities to families that exceed federal poverty guidelines based on individual family situations.

How do I apply to work at one of your Head Start or Early Head Start Centers?

Thank you for your interest in joining our team, we would love to hear from you! Learn more about working at Family Service. All of our open opportunities throughout Family Service are available for you to apply through our career portal.

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Contact

Call us at 210-299-2740 or email us at headstartintake@family-Service.org to speak to one of our intake specialists for Early Head Start and Head Start.