Head Start is a comprehensive, federally funded preschool program serving children ages 3-5 who live in Jefferson County.  There is never a fee for any family who qualified and is accepted into the Head Start Program.  

    Families do have to qualify in order to participate in the Head Start Program through the following federal qualifiers:

    • Children must be age 3 to 5
    • Live in Jefferson County, WI
    • 90% of families must:
    • Have income at or below the Federal Poverty Guidelines or:
    • In a homeless situation
    • Be in foster/kinship care
    • Receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
    • Receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

    An additional 10% of families may have income above the Federal Poverty Guidelines.

    Head Start accepts children of all abilities.


    • Full-day 4K program for qualifying families
    • Family advocates assigned to each family to offer resources and support
    • Consultants are available to provide expertise in areas of medical, nutrition, and mental health
    • Child Support Provided:
      • Educational curriculum to prepare children for school success, social-emotional curriculum, school readiness goals, and healthy meals/snacks
      • Physicals, vision and hearing screenings, dental exams, dental varnishes and developmental screenings
    • Family Support Provided:
      • Opportunities for parents to be involved in program planning and decision making, volunteer in classrooms, and participate on advisory councils
      • Work with teachers to establish individual goals for your child(ren), establish goals for parents/families, and participate in family enrichment activities including family fun nights