What is Head Start and How to Apply

  • What is Head Start?

    Monroe County Public School's Head Start program is a federal grant program under the Monroe County School District. The district encompasses over 100 miles of island with 4 sites from Key Largo to Key West. Head Start offers free preschool for income eligible children and a percentage of children with disabilities to prepare them for Kindergarten and school success.

    Children who attend Head Start participate in a school-readiness curriculum that includes literacy, language, science, mathematics, and social-emotional development. They also receive medical and dental services, have healthy meals and enjoy playing safely indoors and outdoors. 

    In addition to the educational services, family involvement is at the core of our success. Parents/ guardians are provided with the unique opportunity in Head Start to participate in the program and planning decision-making process. Each parent/guardian who has a child enrolled in the Head Start program is automatically a member of the parent committee group at the respective center. Parents/ guardians are also elected by their peers to serve on the policy council.
    Give your child a HEAD START !!

    How to apply

    If you have access to a computer, please download the application, complete it and call us to schedule an appointment to drop it off. If you don't have access to a computer, please call the Family Advocate at your preferred school site at one of the numbers below and we will return your call within five business days. Please DO NOT drop off any application at the school's main office. 

    Head Start Application English

    Head Start Application Spanish