Enrollment Parents or guardians of children 3-4 years old may obtain an application for enrollment for the Head Start program at each Head Start site or at the Central Administrative Office on Rowan Road. The application must be accompanied by a copy of the child s birth certificate, immunization record, social security card, Medicaid card (if applicable), and proof of income in the form of a check stub, W-2 form, tax return, child support stubs, WFFA income, or SSI letter indicating amount of income. After the application is processed, eligible applicants are placed on a waiting list. Children who are from the lowest income bracket have first priority, as are children with special needs. Applications are ranked and points are given for certain criteria. There are limited spots available at each Head Start center, and slots are filled from the waiting list. Selections are made in May of each year by the Head Start Policy Council (an advisory board appointed by the Sampson County Bo
Head Start programs support children as cited on the Office of the Administration for Children and Families website (https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/hs/about):
Early learning: Children's readiness for school and beyond is fostered through individualized learning experiences. Through relationships with adults, play, and planned and spontaneous instruction, children grow in many aspects of development. Children progress in social skills and emotional well-being, along with language and literacy learning, and concept development
Health: Each child's perceptual, motor, and physical development is supported to permit them to fully explore and function in their environment. All children receive health and development screenings, nutritious meals, oral health and mental health support. Programs connect families with medical, dental, and mental health services to ensure that children are receiving the services they need.
Family well-being: Parents and families are supported in achieving their own goals, such as housing stability, continued education, and financial security. Programs support and strengthen parent-child relationships and engage families around children's learning and development.