Who Can Apply for Head Start?
Children must be three years-of-age, and not yet five years-of-age, by October 1 of the calendar year in order to be enrolled. Families are encouraged to apply prior to child’s 3rd birthday and can be enrolled immediately upon child turning 3 years old (if their birthday takes place at any other time during the year). Children do NOT need to be potty-trained in order to attend Head Start!
Families must reside in our service area, which is Jefferson County, excluding the city of Lakewood. Verification of residency is required. (City of Lakewood residents can call 303‐987‐2490 to apply for Lakewood Head Start.)
Families must provide verification of income in order to qualify for the program. Regardless of income, some children are automatically eligible:
- Foster children or children in kinship care
- Families experiencing homelessness (including living with family member due to economic hardship)
- Families receiving TANF
- Families receiving SSI
Although the majority of our families are below the federal poverty guideline, we have over-income spaces set aside to serve children with special needs and other circumstances. Income is not our only criterion. We encourage all families to apply!
For more information, please call Jefferson County Head Start at 720-497-7900.
How Do I Apply for Head Start?
Families can apply in person year-round at either of our 2 locations or via the PEAK website. At the time you submit the application and supporting documents, an intake appointment will be completed with you to determine your child’s eligibility for the program.
If possible, please bring the following documents at the time of application:
- Completed application (Child Application or Aplicacion en espanol)
- Your child’s birth certificate or other form of age verification
- Verification of residency (Utility bill, lease, mortgage statement, SSI verification, Food Stamp or TANF verification with parent/guardian name and address)
- Your child’s current and complete immunization record
- Proof of family’s income (2019 W2’s, 2019 income tax returns, or twelve months of check stubs)
Learn more about immunizations on the Jefferson County Public Health website.
We will also need the following as soon as possible:
- A copy of your child’s Child’s Physical Exam Form; exam must have been completed within the last calendar year. If your child hasn’t had a well-child check in the last 12 months, now is a great time to get one scheduled!
- A copy of your child’s Child’s Dental Exam Form. If your child has not yet visited the dentist, now is a great time to schedule his/her first appointment!
In order for us to request your child’s physical or dental examination forms from your doctor or dentist, please fill out our Consent to Exchange Information Form (PDF) and bring it with you to your enrollment appointment.
If you need assistance obtaining any of the above information, or if you have any questions about what is needed, please feel free to call us anytime at (720)497-7900.