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Head Start and Pre-School Support Learning

The Head Start program (for children ages 3-5) and Early Head Start program (for pregnant women, infants, and toddlers) promote school readiness for children in low-income families by providing comprehensive educational, health, nutritional, and social services. Parents play a large role in the programs, both as primary educators of their children and as participants in administering the programs locally. Both programs provide pre-literacy and literacy experiences in a multi-cultural environment. Parents are also provided social services, including assistance with child care.

General Program Requirements

In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must meet income qualifications. Use the Eligibility Checker to see if your family is eligible.

Children and families who are homeless, in foster care, or receiving TANF or SSI are eligible for services. Eligibility is determined by Head Start program staff and additional families may be eligible for services too. Pregnant women may be eligible for the Early Head Start Program. 

Your Next Steps


To begin the application process, go to the Head Start Locator. This Locator will provide you with the contact information of the Head Start programs nearest you.

You may also call the Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center at 1-866-763-6481 to find a Head Start or Early Head Start program in your area.

Preschool Advantage

Preschool Advantage funds quality preschool education in Morris and Somerset Counties and surrounding communities for children of working families in need. The child must be 3 years-old or 4 years-old by October 1st of the school year.

The organization's key components in accepting an applicant are that the family has a demonstrated need for financial assistance as well as a firm commitment to education for their preschooler. Applicants must have their own transportation.

Applications are available online in January. Priority is given to applications received by March 1st. Applications received after March 1st will be reviewed and considered subject to available funding and space.

Learn more about the application process. File your application online.

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