What is Head Start?
Lake Geauga United Head Start provides free learning and development services to children ages 3-5 from low-income families. Head Start welcomes children with disabilities.
Is my family eligible for Head Start?
Eligibility is typically based on family income that is at or below the poverty level according to the Poverty Guidelines. Children in foster care, homeless children, and children from families that receive public assistance (TANF, OWF or SSI) are eligible regardless of income.
If openings exist after all income eligible and categorically eligible children are enrolled, families considered above the poverty guidelines may also be eligible for services. Head Start uses the 100% of the Federal Poverty Level for priority placement. In addition, the program can serve 35% of families whose income is between 101 and 130%. Additionally, 10% of families can exceed 130% of the FPL.
How do I apply?
If you are interested in enrolling your child in our program you can complete an application online, contact the center nearest you or call 440-551-9091. Once we have your preliminary information, an appointment will be scheduled to complete the application process with a Family Advocate. During this appointment you will need to provide a copy of your child’s birth certificate, immunization record, social security card and insurance. At this time proof of income will also be required. Custody/court papers and IEPs will also be collected at this time if applicable.
Due to limited government funding, there are often not enough spaces for all eligible children. If there is not a space for you and your child at this time, your child will be placed on the waiting list.