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Head Start / Early Head Start Program


“Providing Children A Head Start…Giving Their Families A Fresh Beginning”




Head Start and Early Head Start Programs provide comprehensive, developmental services for low-income pre-school children ages birth to five and support services for their families.


The purpose of the Head Start programs is to promote school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of children through the provision of health, educational, nutritional, social and other services.


The cornerstone of the program is parent and community development.




CAPC's Head Start and Early Head Start programs have been combined in an effort to provide more efficient service to the customer. Currently, The Early Head Start program serves ten (10) pregnant mothers and seventy (70) children from zero to age three, and the Head Start Program provides opportunities for eight hundred and fifty five 855) children and their families.


All children in Head Start participate in a variety of educational activities that help them grow mentally, socially, emotionally and physically. They also receive health and dental care, have healthy meals, and enjoy playing indoors and outdoors in a safe setting.


Parent involvement and social services are provided. With the assistance of a Family Advocate, each family completes a self assessment and establishes a written goal plan which is monitored throughout the program year.




To be eligible for Head Start, families must qualify according to income guidelines (issued by the Department of Health and Human Services) or have a child with a diagnosed disability. All children in Head Start are between the ages of three and five years old. These children are provided special services that address their individual needs.


Head Start meets the licensing requirements as set forth by Florida's Department of Children and Families.


2014 Poverty Income Guidelines for the 48 Contiguous

States and the District of Columbia

Persons in family/household Poverty guideline
1 $11,670
2 $15,730
3 $19,790
4 $23,850
5 $27,910
6 $31.970
7 $36,030
8 $40,090

For families/households with more than eight persons,

add $4,060 for each additional person





Head Start Centers



Ferry Pass

Gibson (Headquarters)


Lincoln Park




Moreno Court

Morris Court

Myrtle Grove

O. J. Semmes


Pine Meadow

Pleasant Grove


West Pensacola


Head Start Teachers:

All Head Start Teachers are required to have the 40 hour Child Care class and at least an Associates degree (AA) and many are in the process of obtaining their Bachelors of Arts (BA) degree in Education.


Teacher's Aides and Substitutes:

All Head Start Teacher's Aides are required to have taken the 40 hour Child Care class.  As part of our self-sufficiency effort, parents are encouraged to apply for substitute positions, and they have the opportunity to hold permanent employment positions as well. Fifty-six of Head Start's employees are current or former Head Start Parents.


Bus Drivers and Support Staff:

All Head Start Bus Drivers are experienced, licensed drivers and must also submit to random testing to ensure the highest safety standards.


***** Enrollment *****


The program is a preschool program for children in low-income families.  Children in Head Start are between the ages of three (3) and five (5) years of age.  The program assists children in becoming physically, socially, intellectually, and emotionally adjusted.  Services are also offered to meet the special needs of the children with disabilities.  Head Start classrooms are in various locations through-out the county and meet the license requirements as set forth by the Florida Department of Children and Families.


Bring the following information to Register:

  • Completed Application (Click Here)

  • Child's Birth Certificate (The Child must be 3 or 4 years old on or before September 1st)

  • Child's Social Security Card

  • Child's Health Insurance Card

  • Documentation of Residency

  • Documentation of Family Income ("2" most recent Paycheck Stubs)

  • Documentation of Public Assistance (SSI, TANF, Housing, Food Stamps, Medicaid)

  • Disability Documentation (Recommended but NOT required)

 For More Information About Registration Call: (850) 432-2992


Come and be part of the excitement in a Head Start classroom!!!



Interactive PDF Form

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Complete Application (Form) while on-line and print at the user's location. To save the Form and Data use the Reader's Save Function.

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