Frequently Asked Questions
Head Start is a federally funded school readiness program for children ages birth to five years old. The Head Start program supports children’s growth and development in a positive learning environment through the provision of quality early childhood education and case management services (family, health, dental, etc.) and support of family well-being.
The City of San Antonio Department of Human Services Head Start Program offers home-based and center-based services for Early Head Start and center-based services Head Start Prekindergarten programs.
Click on the link to learn more about Head Start.
The age requirement for our Early Head Start Program is 6 weeks – 35 months of age. The age requirement for our Head Start Prekindergarten Program is three years old on or before September 1.
Head Start is a federally funded program provided at no cost for qualifying families. We provide education, health and dental screenings, nutrition, family support, and training services for your family.
Our Early Head Start-Childcare Partnership (EHS-CCP) Program recruits families receiving Child Care Services (CCS). Often, CCS requires a co-payment, and families are responsible for paying their own co-payment directly to each child-care center.
4. What is the service area for the City of San Antonio Department of Human Services Head Start Program?
The City of San Antonio Department of Human Services Head Start Program provides the Early Head Start and the Head Start Prekindergarten programs within the Edgewood and San Antonio Independent School Districts.
6. I do not live in the Edgewood or San Antonio school districts. Is Head Start available in my area?
There are several programs in the San Antonio and Bexar County area that provide Early Head Start and Head Start services. Click on the link to see if Early Head Start or Head Start services are available in your area.
Our program accepts applications year-round. It is important to submit your application early, beginning in February for the fall semester.
Your child must be at least one day old to complete an application for the Early Head Program.
Yes! Our program serves children with disabilities, including chronic health conditions and disabilities that require significant support.
A child will not be denied enrollment into the Head Start program if they are not potty trained. Head Start staff will work with parents/guardians to teach toileting skills to children. Toileting skills will be based on individual needs, family customs, and beliefs. Our schools and centers have limited laundry facilities, so soiled clothing will be sent home.
Currently, our Early Head Start Program does not provide transportation services.
Transportation may be available upon request for Head Start children in the Edgewood and San Antonio Independent School Districts. Parents/guardians in need of transportation must meet the school district’s eligibility requirements.
After you complete your online application, you will be contacted by a member of our staff to gather more information and complete your application. Once your application is completed, it will be reviewed and finalized. If your child qualifies for services and is deemed eligible your child’s name will be placed on a waitlist. The waitlist varies by location.
To check the status of your Early Head Start Program application, please call 210.206.5500.
To check the status of your Head Start application with Edgewood ISD, please call 210.444.7825.
To check the status of your Head Start application with San Antonio ISD, please call 210.554.5378.
If your child is currently enrolled in one of our City of San Antonio Department of Human Services Early Head Start or Head Start programs you do not need to reapply.
If your child is transitioning out of Early Head Start and into the Head Start Program, you must reapply.
If your child is not currently enrolled in one of the City of San Antonio Department of Human Services Early Head Start or Head Start programs, you must reapply each year.
Even if you have completed an application and your child never attended our program, you must reapply each year.
16. If I receive Child Care Services (CCS), am I given priority placement for the Early Head Start-Childcare Partnership Program?
Yes! Families that receive CCS are given priority for our Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership (EHS-CCP) Program.
Please review job openings for each program on their respective websites.
Contact our EHS-CCP Child Care Providers directly to apply.
Apply to work with Edgewood ISD.
Apply to work with San Antonio ISD.
For administrative and case management positions apply with the City of San Antonio Department of Human Services.