Early Childhood Programs
Application Information

As of April 2, 2020 all In-Person Interviews are temporarily suspended. We are in the process of conducting video remote/telephone interviews.


Families who have completed an Online Pre-application and did not attend an In-Person Interview between January and March: We have been trying to reach out to you by phone, text, and email.


If you have questions about the current interview process, please contact us at one of the following emails or phone numbers:

For the West side of Pasco County: pascoheadstartwest@gmail.com (813-492-5890) 

For the East/Central sides of Pasco County: pascoheadstarteast@gmail.com (813-586-0062)

Not sure where Head Start/Early Head Start schools are located? Click here


Recruitment and applications for the program year 2020-2021 begins in February 2020 through May 2020

  • Eligibility and selection are based on family need and income. Space is Limited. Apply Now!

  • Priority for Head Start is given to children who turn 4 years old on or before September 1 of the applying school year.

  • Priority for Early Head Start is given to expectant mothers and children who turn 3 after September 1 of the applying year.

  • Children with documented disabilities or special needs are encouraged to apply.

  • Transportation is limited and not guaranteed.

  • In-Person Interviews are required in order to complete the application process.

  • Completing an application and In-Person Interview does NOT guarantee selection into the program.

  • All applicants are placed on the program's waiting list for one school year.



Please remember that your child will not be on the program's waiting list unless you have an In-Person Interview (4/2/20 - temporarily suspended) for each program year that your child is not age eligibile to attend kindergarten.



STEP 1: Families interested in applying for services must participate in an In-Person Interview.

STEP 2: Bring the Required Documents to your appointment.

STEP 3: If your child is or will be 4 on or before 9/1/20 then you must also apply for a VPK Certificate by clicking Here.

STEP 4: If you have previously completed an online pre-application DO NOT complete another one. Your family application will be printed at the time of the In-Person Interview.

STEP 5: If previously applied online or currently on the waiting list then you will receive an email providing you with more information. Be sure to check your spam/junk mail.

STEP 6: If you have never applied for a child through Pasco County Head Start/Early Head Start then you may pre-apply below.


Attention Please Read:

If you have previously applied with Pasco County Head Start and your email is in our family database our online Pre-Application will not allow you to move forward.

If your email is already in our family database you will receive the following message:

"It appears that you have previously submitted an application. If you wish to apply again, please contact us by phone or in person."

For questions regarding a previously submitted online pre-application email Alexis Russell at arussell@pasco.k12.fl.us.


If you successfully submitted an Online Pre-applicaton you will receive an email from ChildPlus Do Not Reply. Please check you junk/spam mail for this confirmation and more information.  


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For a list of acceptable documents for proving family income click here

To view the Poverty Guidelines for your family size click here