ONLINE APPLICATION PROCESS AVAILABLE!
- After the application is submitted, a staff person will contact you to verify information and complete the application process.
- If you would like to take an application for the sibling of a currently enrolled child, please do not fill out this application. Please contact your local center or call our main office at 454-2200 (during the summer months). If you move locations, within our service area, call our office, as a new application is not needed.
- After you complete the online application you can email the required information to email@example.com or fax it to 573-431-2129
- We will need a birth certificate, immunization record and 12 months proof of income (such as your latest tax return, proof of TANF/SNAP/SSI recipient, or Foster Placement Letter).
- CURRENTLY ACCEPTING APPLICATION FOR 2022-2023! Child must turn 3 before 8/1/2022 and cannot turn 5 until after 7/31/2022.
CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW TO FILL OUT AN ONLINE APPLICATION:
PARENTS NEED TO HAVE THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION:
- Child’s birth certificate or hospital record
- Proof of income:
- Last year’s income tax return
- Current SSI printout from Social Security office
- Social Security Disability 1099 form or printout from Social Security office for all members of the family
- Current TANF printout from Family Support Division
- Current SNAP printout from Family Support Division
- If you do not have the above, a letter from all employers stating gross wages and beginning and ending dates of employment.
**If you do not have all of these, your contact person will help you.
- Income: The child’s income must fall below the poverty guidelines of the Administration for Children and Families. https://aspe.hhs.gov/2020-poverty-guidelines (We realize that these guidelines are low; however, this is a federal funding requirement.)
- Age: Must be 3-years-old before August 1 and not be school-age (5-years-old before August 1). Older children have higher priority.
- Once age and income guidelines are met, selection is based on those with the highest priorities:
- No caregiver in the home: Both parents are working, in school or on disability or a combination of these or a single parent who meets one of these criteria receive higher priority.
- Disability: Children enrolled in the school’s early childhood special education program receive higher priority. Head Start must serve 10% children with disabilities.
- Exception: Over-income children who are enrolled in the public school’s early childhood special education program will be considered if Head Start would be the best placement.
- Special family circumstances also are given higher priority: These are homelessness, living in a shelter, abuse or neglect, incarceration of a parent; recent death or terminal illness of immediate family member, disability or mental illness of immediate family member; suspected disability of the applicant child; and/or children living in a home other than a child’s parent (e.g. relative) who has legal custody of the child.
Note: Parents can explain the above special circumstances. A professional such as a doctor or Parents As Teachers needs to write a referral letter explaining other special circumstances or problems of the child or family.