Head Start

Head Start is really about getting a leg up. We give children 3-5 years old – and their families – the support they need to keep up with their peers and get ahead in life. Learn how we can help families on limited incomes with health, education and next steps to get their children the best start possible.

What is Head Start?

Head Start is a federal school readiness program for families on limited incomes.

What counties do we serve?

Families must be residents of Buncombe or Madison counties.

How much does it cost?

Head Start is a free, high quality, early education program.

What ages do we serve?

Ages 3-5,  children must be 3 by August 31st of the current year.

What are the Income Requirements?

Income is based on the Federal Poverty Guidelines for the current year.

What if I am over income?

Head Start is able to serve 10% of families who are over income.

Are income and age the only factors considered for enrollment?

No, we also take into consideration family size, family situation, health concerns and disabilities.

How do I apply?

A pre-application can be completed online. Once submitted, you will be contacted to set up an appointment for the Eligibility Interview to be completed in person. (Apply) (Aplicar)

Walk In to our main office located at 25 Gaston Street Monday-Friday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

What do I need to bring?

Your child’s birth certificate.

Your household’s proof of income for the previous year (Income tax return, W-2, SSI, Disability, Work First/TANF, Child Support, etc.)

If your child is enrolled we will need a current physical and immunization record.

We will also need, if applicable, an Individualized Education Program and custody documents.

How will I be notified if my child is accepted?

Families will be notified by a phone call.

What are the hours?

The average time is 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Some sites vary by a few minutes.

Can my child attend less than 5 days a week?

No, Head Start only offers spots for 5 days a week.

What are the class sizes and how many teachers?

Class sizes are between 15-18 children with one teacher and one assistant.

Are the Head Start classrooms licensed?

Yes, all of our sites are 5 Stars.

Does Head Start serve children with Special Needs or Health Issues?

Yes, our teachers are able to work with children with varying abilities and health issues.

We have a Head Start Nurse, Nutritionist and Disabilities Coordinator to support our children, families and teachers.

Is there a Waiting List?

There is a Waiting List for Head Start classrooms when there are no spots available.

Is there a cutoff date for applications?

No, applications are accepted all year.  If there are no spots available, children will be placed on the Waiting List. If spots open up during the year, we review our Waiting List and enroll the next eligible child.

Will I know where my child is on the Waiting List?

Unfortunately, we are unable to inform families where their child is on the Waiting List.  We enroll children by family need, not by chronological order.

What type of curriculum does Head Start use?

Head Start uses a play-based curriculum supporting children’s social and emotional development.

Is transportation available?

Limited transportation is provided at Hillcrest, Pisgahview, Johnston Elementary and Asheville Primary.

Is there after school care?

No, we do not provide after school care for children.

Does my child have to be toilet trained?

No, children do not have to be toilet trained to attend Head Start.

What if my child does not speak English?

Head Start works with families whose primary language is not English.

Can we bring our own food?

There is no outside food allowed in our classrooms.  If your child has food allergies or a special diet the Head Start Nutritionist will work with your family.  

Children receive breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack each day. 

Who do I contact for further questions?

Please contact our main office at 828-252-2495.