The Head Start program has announced the opening of enrollment for the upcoming school year for residents of Marshall and Starke Counties. This free preschool program provides comprehensive early childhood education, health, nutrition, and parent involvement services to children and their families.

Head Start aims to foster stable family relationships, enhance children’s physical and emotional well-being, and establish an environment to develop strong cognitive skills. They welcome all eligible families to apply and benefit from this transformative program designed to prepare young learners for future academic success.

Head Start offers a high-quality education. The curriculum is designed to meet the educational needs of preschool-aged children, fostering a love for learning and school readiness. They also provide health screenings, nutritious meals, and education on healthy habits to ensure every child is ready to learn and grow.

Head Start offers resources and opportunities for parental involvement to strengthen family bonds and support the overall development of the child.  Their facilities are equipped to provide a safe and welcoming space where children can explore, learn, and thrive.

Families must meet federal income guidelines.  Children must be aged 3 to 5 years old.  SNAP eligible, foster children, homeless children, and children from families receiving public assistance (TANF or SSI) are automatically eligible.

Interested families can apply online at: or by contacting the Head Start enrollment office at (574) 936-7885. Application forms are also available at our Head Start centers in Marshall and Starke Counties. Early applications are encouraged as spaces are limited.

For more information or to schedule a tour of our facilities, please contact Raelene Young at (574) 936-7885.

Head Start is a federally funded program that promotes school readiness for children under five through education, health, social, and other services. Our mission is to enhance the cognitive, social, and emotional development of children and empower families to achieve their goals.