Head Start Now Enrolling

OACAC Head Start is now accepting applications for its Head Start program for enrollment beginning in September.  Head Start is a school readiness program serving children who are 3-5 years old and prepares children and their families for success in school. Children participate in a variety of educational activities. The Head Start program is designed to support the healthy growth and development of children and to support parents in their roles as the child’s first and most important teacher.

Head Start provides: Medical & dental referrals, Preventative health and dental assistance, screening and referrals including: developmental, language, mental health, nutrition and speech, Inclusion of children with disabilities, and nutritious meals. Bus transportation available based on bus routes and schedule for half day.  Transportation assistance is also available for families to attend Head Start Activities.  Head Start invites children with disabilities to participate in all aspects of the program.  Full day, extended day or half-day sessions are available.  Families who meet income guidelines and whose children are 3 years old are eligible to apply. Homeless children and children in foster care automatically qualify.

OACAC Head Start is located in the ten-county area including Barry, Christian, Dade, Dallas, Greene, Lawrence, Polk, Stone, Taney, and Webster Counties. Early Head Start is available in some areas. For more information and to find your local Head Start center, link here or call the central office toll free 1-866-282-3430.