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Community Action Agency - Cincinnati | Hamilton County HEAD START is a federally funded program that provides preschool education and ensures that both children and parents are prepared for kindergarten and for a life of learning.

In addition, HEAD START children also receive numerous health services ensuring good physical, dental, nutritional, and mental health.

HEAD START is available at no cost to pregnant moms, infants, toddlers, and preschoolers up to age five from income-eligible families.

Children with special needs are welcome.


Three different HEAD START programs exist to serve our children and parents:

(1) HEAD START serves children ages 3-5 who are not eligible for kindergarten.

(2) EARLY HEAD START serves pregnant women and children under 3 years of age.

(3) HOME-BASED HEAD START supports families by providing in-home services to assist parents in the educational growth of their children. Home Visitors come into the home weekly and work with parent and child on activities designed to address their child’s individual needs. Children also learn through socialization during regular visits to a center.


CAA HEAD START is available in three formats (morning half-day, afternoon half-day, or full-day classes) at 46 sites within the city of Cincinnati.


Please fill out all areas of this pre-application to begin the enrollment your child(ren) in one of our HEAD START Programs. Once it is submitted one of our Family Specialists will contact you to set up an intake appointment to complete your application.

If a person does not have permanent housing (who may be living in the streets, staying in a shelter, a mission, individual room facilities, an abandoned building or vehicle, or is in any other non-permanent situation) then he or she can qualify as homeless.

It can also be considered that a person has no home if that person is "doubled", a term that refers to a situation in which people can not maintain their housing situation and are forced to stay with a number of friends and / or members of the extended family.

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