Head Start, Early Head Start and ECEAP are designed for low-income families with children aged prenatal to 5 years.

Children are eligible to participate if their families are eligible for public assistance.

  • Public assistance means that the family receives benefits or services through the TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) or SSI (Supplemental Security Income) programs.
  • TANF benefits or services include cash payments, vouchers, transportation, job training and subsidized childcare such as Working Connections Child Care (WCCC).
  • Foster children and homeless families also qualify.
  • Ten percent of our families may have income over the FPL (Federal Poverty Level).
  • Children with special needs or who are at-risk are actively sought for enrollment.

We maintain a waiting list when centers are filled, and place children in classrooms throughout the year as space becomes available. Children must be three years old before September 1 to enter preschool classes.

2017 Federal Poverty Level Guidelines

Family Size Head Start ECEAP
1 $12,060 $13.266
2 $16,240 $17,864
3 $20,420 $22,462
4 $24,600 $27,060
5 $28,780 $31,658
6 $32,960 $36,256
7 $37,140 $40,854
8 $41,320 $45,452

Contact Head Start

General Office

   360.442.2800
Fax 360.442.2819
  headstart.info@lowercolumbia.edu

  Suzanne Boursaw, Director

   360.442.2801
  sboursaw@lowercolumbia.edu

  Cianna Franklin, Admin. Svs. Manager

   360.442.2803
  cfranklin@lowercolumbia.edu

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