Head Start

High-quality Early Childhood Education

Preparing Children for Success

Head Start promotes the school readiness of young children from low-income families by supporting the mental, social and emotional development of children from birth to age 5. In addition to education services, programs provide children and their families with health, nutrition, social and other supports.

Head Start encourages the role of parents as their child’s first and most important teachers. Programs build relationships with families that support positive parent-child relationships, family well-being, and connections to their peers and community.

Head Start Options

Program-Based

We partner with existing child care providers helping them to meet the individualized needs of each child. We improve the capacity and quality of their program so, together, we can prepare children for kindergarten.

Home-Based

Our early education specialists work with families in their homes, helping parents be their child’s first and best teacher.

Success Stories

Learn how TFC’s Head Start program is changing lives in the Kansas City area.

Enrollment and Eligibility

Early Head Start in Kansas

Your family may qualify if you have a child under the age of two; live in Johnson or Wyandotte counties in Kansas; and are income eligible, homeless, receive TANF/ SSI, or your child is in foster care.

Early Head Start in Kansas Application

Head Start and Early Head Start in Missouri

Your family may qualify if you have a child age five or younger; are income eligible, homeless, receive TANF/ SSI, or your child is in foster care.

Request Information about Head Start in Missouri

Head Start Locator

If you live outside of the Kansas City metro, please use the Head Start Locator to find a program in your community.

Head Start Locator

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