• Head Start


    Loudoun County Public Schools Head Start Program provides a quality preschool experience with comprehensive services at no cost to qualifying low-income families.
    Your family may qualify for these programs if you:
    • reside in Loudoun County, Virginia
    • have a child who will be 4 by September 30, or 3 if you live in certain areas of Sterling or Western Loudoun
    • meet income guidelines, or
    • receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and/or homeless per definition of the McKinney-Vento Act
    • have a child with a diagnosed disability or an IEP (Individualized Education Plan)
  • Income Guidelines

    Income Guidelines for Head Start are based on 100% Poverty Level. For example a family of 4 can earn up to $31,200 yearly to be eligible for the Head Start Program.

    The following table shows the income guidelines based on 2024 Federal Government Poverty Guidelines which was published on January 17, 2024:

    Head Start Enrollment Income Guidelines 2024-2025

    Persons in family/household

    Annual Income

    Monthly Income

    Weekly Income

































    Each Add'l Member




  • Online Application

    The online application is open for 2024-2025 school year. Applications will be processed in the order they are received.

    The application eligibility, selection, and enrollment is managed centrally at the Head Start office in Leesburg; not at schools. If you have a question about the application process or the status of your application, please email the Head Start Program at headstart@lcps.org.

    Returning families or those who have previously applied for another child: Send an email to HeadStart@lcps.org or call 571-252-2110 to update your application.

    If this is the first time you are applying for the Head Start or STEP program, please complete the ONLINE APPLICATION.

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  • Classroom Location and Schedules

    The Head Start Program is offered from September through May in six Loudoun County Public School locations:
    School Length of Program Hours
    Sugarland Elementary School 1/2 Day 7:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    Woodgrove High School 1/2 Day 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    Guilford Elementary School Full Day 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    Dominion High School Full Day 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM
    Rock Ridge High School Full Day 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM
    Tuscarora High School Full Day 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM

    The first day of classes will be September 5, 2024.

Last Modified on July 10, 2024