Head Start is a federal program that provides comprehensive early childhood education, health, nutrition, and parent involvement services to low-income children and their families. Children are eligible for Head Start from birth to age five from families who are considered low income according to the guidelines below.

In order to qualify for Head Start, you must have an annual household income (before taxes) that is below the following amounts:

Household Size Maximum Income Level (Per Year)
1 $13,590
2 $18,310
3 $23,030
4 $27,750
5 $32,470
6 $37,190
7 $41,910
8 $46,630
Each additional 1 + $4,720

Children in foster care, children experiencing homelessness, and children from families receiving public assistance (such as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families or Supplemental Security Income) may be eligible for Head Start services regardless of income.

Head Start programs may enroll a certain amount of children from families that have incomes above the maximum income level guidelines.

Pregnant women may also be eligible for Early Head Start.

Because many programs offer services to families that may qualify them under other local criteria, contact the program in your community for more information and guidance. Your local program will provide the required forms and answer your questions. They will also tell you what documents you should bring with you to apply.

Apply for Head Start

To apply for Head Start in the Cape Ann area, contact Pathways for Children.

Cape Ann Head Start

Pathways for Children
29 Emerson Ave
Gloucester, MA 01930-2556
(978) 281-2400