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Head Start & Early Head Start

Our Head Start and Early Head Start Programs are designed for infants, toddlers and pre-school children to learn the habits and tools they need to succeed in school and in life beyond school.

These programs work to build your connection to your child’s development as well as providing a safe learning environment

Our Family Support Staff work with each family to connect them to community services, transportation resources, meet family goals and provide parent education as needed.

We believe in helping every child reach their true potential. All Head Start and Early Head Start children receive ongoing developmental screening and assessment to address their ongoing medical, dental, nutritional, emotional and social needs. Individualized services are also provided to meet the needs of children with disabilities. Enrolled center-based children are provided nutritious meals and snacks.

These free and federally funded programs include two different program types: Head Start for children between three to five years old and Early Head Start for children six weeks to three years old.


Head Start

Head Start is a pre-school child development program for children three to five years old designed to help children and their families prepare the skills needed for kindergarten. This program involves the whole family in a multifaceted approach to early education with a focus on school readiness through center attendance and home visits.

Classes meet daily Monday through Friday for 4-6 hours depending on location with extended day services available at some sites for families who work or attend school full time. Head Start has locations in Derry, Hillsborough, Manchester, Nashua, Raymond and Seabrook.

Head Start with Wrap-Around Childcare

For parents in need of full-day care, we have four centers that provide low-cost wrap-around childcare in addition to Head Start Services to help support families with self-sufficiency goals.

These centers are open an average of ten hours per day and are staffed with dedicated professionals with backgrounds in early education, family services, nutrition, physical and mental health. Each center works with the State Scholarship system to provide assistance for families who meet the guidelines.

Centers offering wrap-around childcare are located in Derry, Manchester, Nashua and Hillsborough.


Early Head Start

Early Head Start is a comprehensive child development program designed for infants and toddlers with locations in Manchester and Nashua. We partner with families to provide intensive developmental education and family support services to nurture the relationship between parent and child.

Early Head Start Center Based Services are available for children aged six weeks to three years and are ideal for families who are working or attending school full time and in need of full-day, year-round care and developmental support for their child. With a 1:4 teacher to child ratio, we are able to focus on each child’s needs and tailor their experience. Center Based care accepts recipients of the NH Child Care Development Fund Scholarship.

Diapers, wipes and formula are all provided while your child is in our care. Center Based care accepts recipients of the NH Child Care Development Fund Scholarship.



*Please note you may meet eligibility guidelines for Head Start or Early Head Start in other ways than below. If you are looking to enroll a child, please contact us to discuss your specific situation.

How to Apply

All interested applicants can contact us directly at or by phone at (603) 668-8010 ext. 6098 with questions or for more information. You can also begin the application process by clicking on the Apply button below and submitting the requested information. A staff member will contact you to complete the application process.


All general questions can be directed to or by phone (603) 668-8010 ext. 6098. 


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Head Start & Early Head Start FAQs

We consider all income of the parents or guardians of the child applying for Head Start who are living in the home, including but not limited to TANF, Social Security, SSI, child support and unemployment. We will work with you to obtain the documentation needed to verify family income for the past 12 months OR the last calendar year. We accept copies of pay stubs, tax forms (1040 or W-2), or a letter from an employer.

Head Start/Early Head Start does enroll children whose families are over the income guidelines or have special circumstances such as a diagnosed disability or high family need. We encourage you to contact us to discuss your specific situation even if you do not meet the eligibility guidelines listed.

Applications can be completed in-person, by phone or can be started by families on line. Families will need to provide verification of the child’s date of birth and any income received by the parents or guardians of the child applying for Head Start who are living in the home. Together with one of our Head Start team members, we will complete your application and submit it for review and approval.

All applications are submitted to the central office where staff review it for accuracy and eligibility. All applicants will receive a letter informing them if their child is accepted or placed on the waiting list. Once approved for enrollment, families will be notified by phone, e-mail or letter with information about starting in the program, any necessary health requirements as well as contact information in case you have any additional questions.