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Early Childhood Programs and Kindergarten

Early Childhood Programs and Kindergarten

Head Start

Program Description

Head Start is a federally funded, comprehensive, child development program that encompasses all aspects of a child's development and learning. The program serves children ages 3 to 4 years old. Eligibility is based on income. Upon entry into the program, each eligible child will receive required screenings to determine their overall health status, developmental strengths, needs and areas of concern such as the possibility of a serious delay or disability. Ten percent of Head Starts’ enrollment are children with disabilities.

Eligible Students

To be eligible for Head Start services, a child must be at least 3 or 4 years old by September 1st of the year entering public school or turning 5 after September 1st of the year entering public school.

Classroom Models

Head Start (Non VPK Classrooms)

  • 3 and 4-year-olds
  • Classroom staff consists of a Florida Certified Teacher and a Paraeducator (teacher assistant)

Head Start with VPK - Extended Day

  • 4 and 5-year-olds
  • Classroom staff consists of a Florida Certified Teacher and a Paraeducator (teacher assistant)

Application Timeline

HCPS Head Start encourages families to apply January through May prior to the start of the school year. However, Head Start accepts applications all year long.

Hours of Operation

Head Start models follow the regular bell schedules.
Head Start/VPK models follow the bell time start times and provide extended services through 4:30 pm.
Bell times may vary - Bell Schedule Information

Head Start Office Information

We welcome parents from 8:30 A.M. - 3:00 P.M. (walk-ins)
4350 E. Ellicott St., Tampa, FL 33610 (See map)
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