FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Head Start offers family support services and the chance for families to participate as full partners in the education of their children. Parents may use this fact sheet to answer questions about the program.



Children from six-weeks to thirty-five months from families with low income, according to the Poverty Guidelines published by the federal government, are eligible for Early Head Start services. Children whose parents received child care subsidy are welcome and qualify for this dynamic program. Children in foster care, homeless children, and children from families receiving public assistance (TANF or SSI) are categorically eligible for Head Start and Early Head Start services regardless of income. Head Start programs may enroll up to 10% of children from families that have incomes above the Poverty Guidelines (if slots are available). Programs may also serve up to an additional 35% of children from families whose incomes are above the Poverty Guidelines, but below 130% of the poverty line if the program can ensure that certain conditions have been met.

Our partners have 6 different locations in the city of Detroit. Click here for a list of all TOFMHS Child Care Partner information.

Children in foster care are Head Start eligible, regardless of family income.

The Head Start Act of 2007 requires that, beginning in fiscal year 2009 (i.e. beginning October 1, 2008) "not less than 10 percent of the total number of children actually enrolled by each Head Start agency and each delegate agency will be children with disabilities who are determined to be eligible for special education and related services, or early intervention services...by the State or local agency providing services under section 619 or part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act [IDEA] (20 U.S.C. 1419, 1431 et seq.)."

Head Start programs may enroll up to 10% of children from families that have incomes above the Poverty Guidelines. Programs may also serve up to an additional 35% of children from families whose incomes are above the Poverty Guidelines, but below 130% of the poverty line if the program can ensure that certain conditions described in the section 645 (a)(1)(B)(iii)(II) of the Head Start Act have been met.

If you are ineligible for Head Start, the Child Care Aware program can help you in locating other childcare services in your community. To find the local child care resource and referral agency, please contact Child Care Aware toll-free at 800-424-2246. Web site: http://www.childcareaware.org/

Head Start welcomes volunteers. By becoming a volunteer, you can help in the classroom and on field trips, assist in renovating centers, and support parent education. Your volunteer experience may later qualify you for training which can help you find employment in the child care field. For information about volunteering please contact our office for further information.

Yes Head Start believes in using mealtimes as a key component of children's educational experience. Children are served healthy meals and snacks that provide a variety of color, nutrients, flavors, and textures.  TOFMHS Child Care Partners serves meals family-style, which provides an opportunity for children and teachers to gather at the table to eat the same foods, serve themselves, and socialize as a group.

The Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership (EHS-CCP) is a federally-funded, national child and family development programs which provide comprehensive services for children from six-weeks to thirty-five months, and their families. Head Start and Early Head Start services go beyond simple childcare or daycare and provide a holistic approach to serving the child and family. Services for children promote school readiness, and include early education, health, nutrition, mental health, parent involvement and services for children with special needs. EHS-CCP partners with parents around the education of their children, and incorporates research-based curriculum, ongoing child outcomes assessment, and periodic family reports regarding children’s progress.