Head Start is a national, early-education program that prepares children for school, by building social and cognitive competence, as well as school-readiness skills.
This program serves children ages 3-5 who are income-eligible. Eligibility requirements are based on family income at or below the federal poverty threshold. Children in foster care, homeless children and children from families receiving public assistance (TANF or SSI) are eligible regardless of income. Children who turn age 5 by August 31 are not eligible since they are age-eligible to attend kindergarten in public school.
At present most MCCC learning centers offer Preschool classes (3-5 years old) from 8:00am-2:00pm. Infant/Toddler classrooms are 8:00am-3:15pm.
The number of classes offered and their times can be specific to each MCCC center, so please find the location closest to you for details. SEE LOCATIONS
Free transportation is also available, at designated sites, to all enrolled MCCC children.
All MCCC programs engage parents in their children’s learning and help them in making progress toward their educational, literacy and employment goals. Significant emphasis is placed on the involvement of parents in the administration of local Head Start programs. Learn how you can actively participate in program operations through the Parent Policy Council.
All families enrolled in an MCCC early-education program, also receive access to our Family Support Services. These services include nutritious meals, insurance and medical appointment support, dental screenings, vision/hearing screenings, prenatal support, mental health services and transportation (at designated sites)–all important to a child’s intellectual and physical growth.