Loudoun County Public Schools Pre-K programs (STEP & Head Start) provide a quality preschool experience with comprehensive services at no cost to qualifying families. Your family may qualify for these programs if you:
- have a child who will be 4 by September 30, or 3 if you live in the Sterling area (only for Head Start)
- meet income guidelines, which is based on 100% (Head Start) and 200% (STEP) Poverty Level. For example a family of 4 can earn up to $25,750 to be eligible for the Head Start Program or $51,500 to be eligible for the STEP program. Federal Government Poverty Guidelines
- 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)
- reside in Loudoun County
Please note, though families may qualify, spaces are limited and selection is based on need, not “first come, first served”.
Note: The application process begins January 7 for the upcoming school year. The application eligibility, selection and enrollment process begins in March and 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 call: 571-252-2110.
If you are a returning family or have previously applied for another child in the family, DO NOT APPLY ONLINE! please contact the Head Start Office at 571-252-2110 to update your family information and re-apply for the program over the phone.
If it's the first time you are applying for a PK program, please complete the ONLINE APPLICATION .