Eligibility and Enrollment

Age Eligibility

  • Head Start (3-5 years old - Kindergarten entry)
  • Early Head Start (6 weeks-3 years old)
  • Pregnant Women

Income Eligibility

  • Family income less than or equal to 100% of the federal poverty level 
  • Income between 100% & 200%
  • Over-income (up to 10% of families exceeding income guidelines)

Income Eligibility Guidelines

Automatic Eligibility

  • Homeless Children
  • Foster Children


  • Family must live in their local program’s service area (unless family is homeless then this requirement does not apply)
  • In-person assessment with family required

Required Documentation

Proof of Age

  • Child’s Birth Certificate / Birth Record
  • Pregnant Women (Not Applicable)

Proof of Income

  • If Employed, previous year’s tax return, W2, letter from employer, current pay check stub
  • If Self-Employed, copy of form 1099
  • If Unemployed, copy of OWF, SSI, Social Security, Unemployment, Child Support, etc.

Proof of No Income Declaration

  • Registration Office will provide more information

Proof of Work/School/Training Schedule

  • Family must reside in Summit County 
  • Letter from Employer or Pay Stub
  • School and Training Schedule
  • Any other form of documentation that will provide information

Other Critical Information

  • Up-to-date Shot Record
  • Custody/Guardianship Papers, if applicable
  • Insurance Card/Health Card/Child’s last four digits of Social 
  • Security number
  • Doctor’s Name, Address and Phone Number
  • Dentist’s Name, Address and Phone Number
  • Names of two Emergency Contacts with Address, Phone

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