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Inspire an early love of learning that prepares your child to thrive in school and life

Head Start and Early Head Start are high quality early childhood education programs for children birth to 5 years old, offered at no cost to qualifying families. We embrace diversity and welcome children and families of all backgrounds and abilities, including those with special needs. Accepting applications year-round, our staff are fluent in English, Spanish and Creole. Enroll today and give your child a Head Start!


For Moms to Be...

We come to you with services and supports through our Healthy Babies programs to make sure you are getting the nutrition you need to support your baby's development, and teaching you ways to help your child learn and grow after they're born.

For Children Birth to Three...

We offer Center-Based and Home-Based Early Head Start to help you nurture your child's curiosity, strengthen your bonds with one another, and establish the safe, stable routines that ensure your child reaches important developmental milestones when they are ready.

For Children Three to Five...

We welcome your child into Head Start classroom-based preschool which continues until your child turns 5 and moves on to kindergarten. Children learn best through play and our goal is to inspire a love of learning that prepares them for success in school and life.



We help children grow socially, emotionally, and intellectually using fun learning experiences.


We provide medical, dental, nutritional, and developmental and wellness services.

Parent Engagement: 

We engage families with leadership opportunities, program planning and volunteer roles.

Family Support: 

We connect families to resources and supports that help everyone stay healthy and thriving.


We have 12 conveniently located Head Start Centers in Kent and Sussex. Plus the option of transportation to and from your home. 

- White Oak Center, Dover

- Colonial Gardens Center, Dover

- Harrington Center , Harrington

- Smyrna Center, Smyrna

- Stockley Center, Georgetown

- Annex Center, Georgetown

- Milford Center, Milford

- Bridgeville Center, Bridgeville

- Seaford Center, Seaford

- Dunbar Center, Laurel

- Laurel Center, Laurel

- Southern Delaware Center, Selbyville

Home-based services are available in Sussex.


Head Start/Early Head Start provides FREE services to age and income eligible children and their families. Eligibility is determined based on one or more of the below:

- Applicants must be pregnant or have a child 0 to 5 years old

- Families who meet the established income guidelines

- Families who receive TANF and/or SSI benefits

- Families who participate in the foster care system

- Families who are homeless

- Families who have children with disabilities and/or special needs

Click HERE for a list of documents you will need.


Click the button below and complete the form. One of our Family Advocates will contact you to:

- Answer your questions

- Tell you more about what we offer your child and your family

- Determine your child's eligibility

- Guide you through the application process.


Need to speak to someone? Call us at 302-934-1642 or Email us at

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