How to Qualify

Family Size and Income

Head Start serves families:

  • with a family income at or below the Federal poverty guidelines; OR
  • who are receiving certain forms of public assistance; OR
  • who are applying on behalf of a foster child; OR
  • who are currently homeless.

Head Start may also serve a limited number of families with special needs who would not otherwise qualify for the program.

Head Start/ECEAP Income Guidelines
Size of
Family Unit
Head Start
Yearly Income 100%
Head Start
Monthly Income 100%
ECEAP
Yearly Income 110%
ECEAP
Monthly Income 110%
1 $12,140 $1,011 $13,354 $1,112
2 $16,460 $1,371 $18,106 $1,508
3 $20,780 $1,731 $22,858 $1,904
4 $25,100 $2,091 $27,610 $2,300
5 $29,420 $2,451 $32,632 $2,696
6 $33,740 $2,811 $37,114 $3,092
7 $38,060 $3,171 $41,866 $3,488
8 $42,380 $3,531 $46,618 $3,884
For each additional
person add:
$4,320 $360 44,752 $396

Automatic Eligibility

If any of the following circumstances apply, you may be automatically eligible for Head Start programs:

  • Your family is currently receiving TANF benefits
  • Your family is currently receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • You have a foster child placed with you through the State of Washington
  • Your family is currently homeless

Special Circumstances

If you would like to be considered for Head Start even though you may not otherwise qualify, you may use the application to describe the special challenges and circumstances of your family.

Age Eligibility

For the 2018-2019 school year, eligible children have birth dates between:

  • 4-year-olds: 9/1/13 - 8/31/14
  • 3-year-olds: 9/1/14 - 8/31/15

Need Help?

Call 360-464-6800.