Early Head Start

The goal is to offer an exemplary educational program for qualifying families with infants and toddlers (birth- 2 1/2  years).

Early Head Start is a collaborative partnership between SER-Jobs for Progress and the Wee Can Academy serving individuals in Dallas.

Purpose of Program

  • Enhance children’s physical, social, emotional and cognitive development
  • Enable parents to be better caretakers and teachers to their children
  • Help parents meet their goals, including that of economic independence

Services Provided by Early Head Start

  • Quality early education through the center or home-based program
  • Parenting skills training for families with newborns and other infants
  • Parent education, including parent-child activities
  • Comprehensive health services including services to women before, during and after pregnancy; assistance with well-baby and well-child checkups
  • Ongoing support for parents, referral to agencies in the community to meet specific needs and peer support groups

Who is Eligible for Early Head Start?


  1. The family’s income must fall within the federal poverty income guidelines.
  2. For Early Head Start a child must be an infant or a toddler younger than three years old.
  3. Pregnant women and teens that meet the above eligibility criteria may apply for Early Head Start services.

Before you can enroll your child/children in the Head Start program; you must meet the US Department of Health and Human Services Income guidelines. For example, for a family of 4, the total household income must be at or below $24,300.

What Do I Need to Bring?

Each family applying will have to provide the following income documents in order of priority:

  1. 1040, or 1040A income tax form which documents all of the family members in the household.
  2. Annual benefit statements such as: TANF, SSI, Social Security, Child Support, Foster Care Payment, and Unemployment compensation when applicant has been unemployed for the past twelve months.
  3. Families who receive cash benefits may submit a letter from their employer stating annual income of employee on company letterhead, signed, and dated by employer with the employer’s company address, and phone number. Letter must be notarized with a notary seal.

Other required documents are:

  • Copy of child’s certified birth certificate.
  • Copy of child’s social security card.
  • Copy of child’s current immunization record.
  • Copy of child’s lead screening form results.
  • Copy of child’s medical insurance information.
  • Copy of child’s physical exam.
  • Copy of child’s dental exam.

How to Enroll

  • Current Physical Examination and Immunization Records.
  • Fill out the top of the enclosed Physical & Immunization Record. Have your doctor complete and sign it.
  • Dental Examination. If your child has a dentist, have them fill out and sign the enclosed Dentist Report.
  • Insurance Cards. Bring your child’s medical and/or dental insurance cards.
  • Emergency Information. Be prepared to provide names, addresses, and phone numbers of two emergency contacts.
  • Proof of Income. Bring official documentation of income. For example: TANF or Unemployment Insurance Benefits Approval Letter, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Social Security Disability Income (SSDI), foster care or unemployment compensation. If you are employed, bring a W-2 form, tax return, paycheck stub, or other income verification.
  • If your application is not complete, we will not be able to enroll your child.


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