Community Action Opportunities Head Start Program

is currently taking applications for the 2024-2025 school year.

To apply for February, March, and April 2024, call the main office at 828-252-2495 and ask for a Family Service Associate.

Two-step Application Process:

Step One: Complete and submit this online Pre-Application.

Step Two: Complete an in-person eligibility interview.

A staff member will contact you to set up an appointment.

An application is NOT complete until both steps have been completed.

If you have previously submitted an application to the CAO Head Start Program for any child, please contact us by phone at 828-252-2495.

Applying does not guarantee that your child will be enrolled. Enrollment is based on eligibility and the needs of the child/family.

Head Start Eligibility Guidelines:

1. Age: Head Start serves children between the ages of 3-5 years.

A child must be 3 years old by August 31, 2024.

2. Income: 90% of families served must be under 100% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines.

3. Disability: 10% of children served must have diagnosed special needs.

Please answer all of the questions and be sure to click SUBMIT when you are done.

Thank for your interest in Community Action Opportunities Head Start!

Please know that an email address is required to complete the online application. If you currently do not have an email address, please answer in the following way: firstname@lastname. For example, if your name is John Smith, you would enter John@Smith.
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Please know that number in family for Head Start purposes is defined as all persons living in the same household supported by the child's parent(s)' or guardian(s)' income; and are related to the child's parent(s) or guardian(s) by blood, marriage or adoption; or are the child's authorized caregiver or legally responsible party.
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Do you want to apply now for another child in your family?

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Are there other children in the family?

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When you submit this application you are approving that it can be shared with the NC Pre- Kindergarten program.

We will call you to set up an appointment to complete the eligibility application. If you do not receive contact from a Head Start representative within three business days please call 828-252-2495 and ask for Customer Service.

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