Head Start

A quality educational and social experience for children of low- to moderate- income families ages birth to 5 years, and expectant mothers.

Head Start provides a classroom environment for children of low-income families who are three years of age, and four years of age by September1. The program also provides educational experiences to families, which help them raise successful children.

Children are provided various cognitive, affective, and motor skill development experiences in both large and small group settings. This encourages them to develop socially, intellectually, physically, and emotionally in a manner appropriate to their age and stage of development.

Lessons in general health and nutrition, along with family involvement, are part of the daily activities. To give your child the Head Start they deserve call 1-877-422-2726 to enroll.


Family Income Guidelines 2020

Early Head Start

Early Head Start provides full year/full day childcare for employed low-income families with children from birth to three years of age, and offers services to expectant mothers.


Early Head Start promotes the physical and mental health of expectant mothers, infants and toddlers, as well as the stability of the entire family. The program utilizes curriculum designed to fully support infant and toddlers natural instincts of learning from their environment and relationships with others. It also offers monthly home visits and training for enrolled families on best practice with their infant and toddlers.


If you live in Hastings, Delton, Battle Creek, or Three Rivers, and would like to enroll your child in this program, call 877-422-2726.

Persons in Family  Household Income 
1 $12,880
2 $17,420
3 $21,960
4 $26,500
5 $31,040
6 $35,580
7 $40,120
8 $44,660
Fatherhood & Male Involvement

Parenting activities for fathers and father figures that teach them positive parenting

Fatherhood/ Male Involvement provides parenting classes for fathers and father figures that teach them positive parenting. This program provides opportunities to discuss various issues that male role models are facing in family life today, and promotes social, personal, and parental responsibilities of fathers.


To learn more about the Fatherhood/ Male Involvement program please call (269) 965-7766 or toll free: 1-877-422-2726.

Printed applications for each county can be found below. If you wish to apply online in Calhoun County click here. If you wish to apply online in St. Joseph County click here