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Apply for the Head Start Pre-school program

The Head Start Pre-school program helps develop children socially, intellectually, physically and emotionally. In this program, children receive individualized attention and parents are an important part of their child's development.

Education and Early Childhood Development, along with Health, Nutrition and Mental Health services are included in the program.

Transportation is only provided to children with an Individualized Education Plan (IEP). An IEP is required for all children 3-5 who have been diagnosed with a disability. Parents complete this form at the time of enrollment (through their doctor, or if they participate in a different early childcare program) or it may be discovered that they need one during the child’s assessment/screening Head Start (once they’ve been enrolled). If discovered during the assessment, the child is referred to the appropriate provider to complete. All field trips are free to participants.

Families can get a variety of community resources so that they can improve the condition and quality of family life. The goal is to help families become more independent.

Parents are encouraged to be involved in the Head Start Pre-school program. Parents will be active participants in classroom, group activities, and in their child's growth. The parents will be involved in the planning and decision-making process and also serve on committees. They may also serve to represent the center on the Head Start Policy Council.

  • Eligibility

    • Early Head Start: newborn to 3 years of age.
    • Head Start: 3-4 years of age on or before September 1, 2018, or no more than 5 years of age after September 1, 2018.
    • Children do not need to be potty trained for either program.
  • Requirements

    • Proof of parent's/legal guardian gross income for the past 12 months or the last calendar year.
    • Documents include:
      • A signed income tax form 1040.
      • W-2 forms or pay stubs, pay envelopes, or unemploymnt compenstation.
      • Written statements from employers.
      • Documentation showing current status as recipients of public assistance.
        • Social Security Supplemental Income (SSI)
        • Temporary Assistance for the Needy (TANF)
        • Child Support
      • Picture Identification of parent(s)/legal guardian.
        • Driver's License
        • State issued photo identification
        • Employer identification
        • Proof of Miami-Dade County residency
  • Children with Disabilities

    Children with disabilities and their families receive the full range of Head Start Pre-school program services. Children will be provided with the following services:

    • Outreach recruitment/enrollment
    • Screening for possible intervention
    • Development and implementation of the Individual Education Plan (IEP)
    • Transition into Head Start and later into their local school district

    If your child has a diagnosed disability, you must attach the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or the Individualized Family Support Plan (IFSP) or evaluation report as part of the application.

    Disabled children are eligible for the Head Start Pre-school program when they turn 3 years of age.

  • How to Apply

    Low-income families in Miami-Dade County can apply for this free program at any time of the year.

    Complete the application and bring it, along with copies of the required documentation, to the center nearest to you.

    Download Application (Descargar Solicitud) (Rale dosye aplikasyon)

    The following Head Start centers are closed until further notice. Allapattah, All Centro Mater sites, Easter Seals-OEBL, Kidco IV, Our Little Ones, Paradise Christian, All Sunflowers Academy sites, Memorial Temple Baptist Church, Inc., Kidz Zone learning Academy and Shinning Light Childcare Development Center, Inc.


  • About the Head Start Program

    The Miami-Dade Head Start/Early Head Start is the largest program in the southeastern United States, and is recognized as a Program of Excellence by the National Head Start Association. The program serves approximately 7,200 children and families.

Phone Number(s)

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Community Action and Human Services
Lucia Davis-Raiford , Director

Overtown Transit Village North
701 NW 1st Court, 10th Floor Miami, FL 33136