Head Start is a federally funded, comprehensive, child development program that encompasses all aspects of a child's development and learning. The program serves children ages 3 to 4 years old. Eligibility is based on income. Upon entry into the program, each eligible child will receive required screenings to determine their overall health status, developmental strengths, needs and areas of concern such as the possibility of a serious delay or disability. Ten percent of Head Starts’ enrollment are children with disabilities.
To be eligible for Head Start services, a child must be at least 3 or 4 years old by September 1st of the year entering public school or turning 5 after September 1st of the year entering public school.
- 3 and 4-year-olds
- Classroom staff consists of a Florida Certified Teacher and a Paraeducator (teacher assistant)
HCPS Head Start encourages families to apply January through May prior to the start of the school year. However, Head Start accepts applications all year long.
Hours of Operation
Head Start models follow the regular bell schedules.
Bell times may vary - Bell Schedule Information
Head Start Office Information
We welcome parents from 8:30 A.M. - 3:00 P.M. (walk-ins)
4350 E. Ellicott St., Tampa, FL 33610 (See map)
Head Start Information