Pennsylvania’s Head Start and Early Head Start programs provide free comprehensive services for low-income children from birth to entry into kindergarten.

Head Start and Early Head Start programs are operated by local agencies in all 67 counties of Pennsylvania.

Head Start programs provides children with a developmentally appropriate early childhood education. The program ensures that young children get health checkups and treatment, oral health screenings, and that they are fed a nutritious hot meal every day.

Early Head Start’s programs are designed to provide the same kinds of comprehensive child development and family support services to families with children under age three, and pregnant women that are already involved in Head Start. Early Head Start services include home visits, health and nutrition services, and referrals to other social services that may be needed.



Families wanting to apply for Head Start or Early Head Start must be at or below Federal Poverty Level.


How to Apply

Contact your local Early Learning Resource Center (ELRC) to find a program in your community and learn about their local requirements for enrolling your child. Find your ELRC at


Click here to print the Head Start/Early Head Start Brochure. 

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