Hernando County’s Head Start Program Offers Free Preschool

hernando county head startHead Start is a nationwide, federally funded program whose purpose is to promote school readiness by enhancing the social, physical, and cognitive development of children. Head Start is provided at no cost to eligible families and accepts children age’s three to five. Head Start Children must be 3 years old and families must meet income eligibility guidelines or have a child with a diagnosed disability.

Early Head Start serves low-income infant and toddlers ages 6 weeks to 3 years. Infants and toddlers can begin to receive Early Head Start services at any point in the year after they are 6 weeks old. (Note: placement is subject to eligibility and slot vacancy.) Families must meet income eligibility guidelines or have a child with a diagnosed disability. Early Head Start also provides support for income eligible Pregnant Women.

Applicants can apply online (click here) or in person at Spring Hill Head Start located at 11245 Spring Hill Drive in Spring Hill or Hernando Head Start located at 835 School Street in Brooksville. You’ll need to bring with the following information to your application appointment:

  • Birth Certificate
  • Proof of residency such as: Florida driver’s license, utility bill, I.D., etc.
  • Proof of income for parent/guardian for the last 12 months or previous calendar year
  • If the child has a disability: IEP, diagnosis etc.
  • Proof of custody if applicable

For additional information call (352) 754-2464 for the Brooksville office or (352) 556-4801 for the Spring Hill office or visit www.midfloridaheadstart.com.

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