Head Start

Tracy's Story

Tracy went from Head Start student to Head Start teacher, listen to her journey.


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If you have questions about Head Start or Early Head Start, please use the Email Us form at the bottom of the page.

What is Head Start?

If you have a child that is not yet old enough for kindergarten, please consider Head Start.  Head Start services are provided to preschool-aged children (age 3 to kindergarten age).  Children receive a high-quality education with two or three adults and small class sizes.

What is Early Head Start?

Early Head Start services are provided to pregnant women and families with infants and toddlers.  Our Early Head Start classrooms are small to provide the best care for babies and toddlers, with just eight children and two teachers.  And if you are expecting a child, we can work with you during your pregnancy while reserving a place for your child in one of our centers. Watch a brief video of an Early Head Start classroom at this link.

Where are the Head Start Centers?

We have Head Start center locations in Cedar County, Clinton County, Muscatine County, and Scott County.  Please come for a visit.  Use the Contact Us form at the bottom of the page to request a visit.

What Makes This Service Unique?

  • Your child's teacher has been trained to provide a high-quality early childhood education.
  • Your child will receive comprehensive nutrition, dental, health, mental health, and family support services.
  • If your child has a disability, or you think your child might have a disability, we can help you through the assessment and planning process for your child.
  • Head Start welcomes and enrolls all children who qualify.

How Do I Apply?

There are two ways to apply:

Click here to start the online application

Click here to set an appointment

You can also read about our eligibility requirements by clicking here. If you have questions, please use the Email Us form at the bottom of the page, or start a Chat.

Information for Current Families

If you are a parent of a currently enrolled child, check out our Information for Parents and Families page.