Program Overview and Online Application
Created in 1965, Head Start is the most successful, longest-running national school readiness program in the United States. Head Start is a federally funded preschool program for low income families who have a child who will be 4-years-old by September 30th of the school year, or, a child in the Sterling area who will be 3-years-old by September 30th of the school year.
The program is free to those who qualify by age and by income.
Classes are held Tuesday through Friday for four (4) hours in the morning. Children are bussed to and from school or daycare, and receive breakfast and lunch while at school.
Classes have 17-18 students with a teacher and a teacher's assistant (except one 3-year-old class, which has 15-16 students).
The High/Scope curriculum is used which views children as "active learners" who learn best from activities that they plan themselves, carry out, and they are able to reflect upon. Children are encouraged to engage in a variety of experiences that help them to make choices, solve problems, and contribute to their own development.
Head Start is a family program and we encourage parents to volunteer in the classroom, serve on the Policy Council, and to attend monthly Family Connection Classes held at the school.
We have two master level Family Services Professionals and a nurse who help families with mental health, employment, parenting, health insurance, and other family issues. ALL INFORMATION IS KEPT STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL.
We serve preschool-age children from low income families.
If you are a returning family or have applied for another child before, please contact the Head Start Office at 571-252-2110 to re-apply for the program. DO NOT APPLY ONLINE!
If it's the first time you are applying for the program, you can use our Online Application.
To enroll your child in Head Start, he/she must:
reside in Loudoun County
be 4 years old by September 30th or 3 years old if he/she lives in Sterling area.
live in a low-income family
If you are a returning family or have applied for another child before please contact the Head Start Office at 571-252-2110 to re-apply for the program.
Curriculum (High Scope)What is the HighScope Curriculum?
National Head Start Association: