Get help with child care costs and learn about Head Start
Learn how to find child care financial assistance and Head Start programs.
Child care help for families with low income or in the military
Families with low income can get help paying for child care. States and local organizations offer child care vouchers, scholarships, cash assistance, and more. Eligibility requirements are different in each state.
Military families may qualify for military-operated child care and assistance programs. Learn more about child care financial assistance for military families.
Head Start offers free services for eligible children
Head Start offers learning and development services for children up to age 3 (Early Head Start) and ages 3 to 5 (traditional Head Start). Local organizations and school districts run Head Start programs.
Head Start can connect your family with free local medical and dental services. Some Early Head Start programs also provide prenatal services for pregnant people.
Find out if your family is eligible for free Head Start services
Head Start is free to families with low income, at or below federal poverty guidelines. Check the poverty guidelines to see if your family qualifies.
Regardless of income, children are eligible for Head Start and Early Head Start if:
- Your family receives public assistance (TANF, SSI, or SNAP)
- Children are in foster care
- Children are experiencing homelessness
How to apply for Head Start or Early Head Start
To apply, contact your local Head Start program.
LAST UPDATED: February 27, 2024