How to Apply 


Proof of AgeAge Eligibility

  • Head Start Program serves children three and four years of age.
  • Early Head Start Program serves children 6 months to three years of age.
  • Early Head Start Pregnant Moms Program serves expecting women and infants to 6 months of age.

Family incomeIncome Eligibility

Head Start services are available if your family meets the current Federal Income Poverty Guidelines and is a resident of East Baton Rouge Parish. View the HHS webpage for income guidelines.

GuardianshipPriority Eligibility

Head Start eligibility is granted if your family meets any of the following categories:

  • Family is income eligible
  • The child is in foster care
  • The family is receiving benefits or services through the TANF (FITAP-Welfare ) Program
  • A family member living with and supported by you is receiving Supplemental Security Income benefits (SSI)
  • The family/child is homeless
  • Children with a disability, including a severe disability, if your child has a current Individualized Education Plan (IEP), or a current Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP)

DocumentationRequired Documentation

  • Proof of all family income
    • 1040
    • W2
    • Pay Stubs
    • Unemployment Document
    • Budget Slip
    • Child Support Documents
    • Self-Employment Statement
    • SSI/SS Documents
  • Proof of Age
  • Medical Card/Health Insurance Card Immunization Card (up-to-date)
  • Notarized Proof of Guardianship (if applicable)
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Applications are available at Head Start Centers


Head Start Central Office

4523 Plank Road

Baton Rouge, La 70805