• 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), 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 is based on 100% Poverty Level. For example a family of 4 can earn up to $26,500 yearly to be eligible for the Head Start Program. 

    The following table shows the income guidelines based on 2021  Federal Government Poverty Guidelines which was published on January 13, 2021:

    Number in Family Annual Income Monthly Income Weekly Income
    2 $17,420 $1,452 $335
    3 $21,960 $1,830 $422
    4 $26,500 $2,208 $510
    5 $31,040 $2,587 $597
    6 $35,580 $2,965 $684
    7 $40,120 $3,343 $772
    8 $44,660 $3,722 $859   
     Each additional family member    +$5,680     +$473  +$109 

  • Online Application

    Online application is open for 2021-22 school year. Applications will be processed beginning March 2021 in the order they are received. 

    The application eligibility, selection and enrollment is managed centrally at the Office of Head Start in Ashburn; not at schools. If you have a question about the application process or status please email the Head Start Program at headstart@lcps.org.
    Returning families or those who have previously applied for another child: please send an email to HeadStart@lcps.org to update your application.
    If it's the first time you are applying for a PK program, please complete the ONLINE APPLICATION.
    Online App     OnlineAppSpanish

  • Classroom Location and Schedules

    Head Start Program is offered from September through May in six Loudoun County Public Schools locations: 
    Full Day Programs: 8:00 A.M. to  2:30 P.M.
    • Dominion High School
    • Forest Grove Elementary School
    • Rock Ridge High School
    • Tuscarora High School  
    Half Day Programs: 8:30 A.M. to  12:30 P.M.
    • Sugarland Elementary School
    • Woodgrove High School

    The 2020-21 school year will begin with 100% distance learning. The first day of virtual classes will be September 10, 2020.

    During the 2020-2021 school year, Loudoun County Public Schools will offer two models of instruction.

    • Families may select 100% distance learning for the first semester (from the first day of school through January 15, 2021),
    • or they may select the hybrid model which combines two days a week of in-person learning with three days a week of distance learning.

    LCPS will phase in the hybrid learning plan as the conditions in the community allow.  

    Distance Learning Schedule

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Last Modified on March 24, 2021