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Head Start officials want Howard, Tipton, and Miami county parents to know that Head Start still has full-day preschool options available for the 2019-2020 school year for 3- and 4-year-olds. The Head Start program accepts income-eligible children and families.

If your preschool-aged child lives in the Kokomo, Western, Northwestern, Eastern, Taylor, Tipton, Tri-Central, Maconaquah, North Miami, or Peru school districts, you are welcome to learn more about the Kokomo-area Head Start high-quality preschool program, by contacting Carmen Eltringham at the Head Start office at 765-454-7082.

Head Start applications are available at Darrough Chapel Early Learning Center, 900 S. Goyer Road, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. To begin the application process, families will need the following: proof of income (current tax return OR paycheck stubs from the past 30 days, SSI/SSA, current AFDC/TANF, or child support documentation); child’s birth certificate; child’s up-to-date shot records; current lead blood screen results; current hemoglobin results; parent/guardian’s license/photo I.D.; Medicaid or other insurance card; and WIC & SNAP numbers, if applicable.

Head Start provides daily meals, an on-site nurse, assistance with medical and dental needs, personal family advocates, parent and family engagement programming, and research-based curriculum. This high-quality education with highly-qualified, certified staff is provided at no cost to eligible children; Head Start children receive nearly $7,000 in services for free. A child must be 3- or 4-years-old by Aug. 1, 2019 to enroll.