> Arkansas Head Start
Head Start is a nationwide, Federally funded program designed to foster healthy development of young children from low-income families. Launched in 1965 as a summer program to prepare children for school, Head Start in Arkansas has grown to serve over 11,000 children, birth to five, and their families in all 75 counties. The majority of the programs are administered by non-profit community-based agencies in center-based settings and predominantly serve three and four year olds.
General Program Requirements:
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the State of Arkansas, you must be a parent or primary caregiver responsible for a child who is too young for public school, and your household's annual income before taxes must not exceed $10,830 if one person lives in the household; $14,570 if two people live in the household; $18,310 if three people live in the household; $22,050 if four people live in the household; $25,790 if five people live in the household; $29,530 if six people live in the household; $33,270 if seven people live in the household; $37,010 if eight people live in the household; and $40,750 if more than eight people live in the household. For larger households, add $3,740 for each additional person in the home.
If you do not meet these criteria, you may still qualify if you are a U.S. national, citizen or permanent resident whose financial status is low income or very low income, who is under-employed, unemployed or about to become unemployed, facing pregnancy, less than 19 years of age yourself, or the parent or primary caregiver for children under the age of 19 years. Other qualifications may apply.
To enroll, you must contact the Head Start program nearest you. To find a local Head Start program office, visit:
Please note: The following counties have two programs: Newton, Garland, and Pulaski. Click on the top half of the county for the first program and the bottom half for the other program.
Program Contact Information:
For more information on the Arkansas Head Start program, visit our website at: