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Upbring Head Start is a program for low-income families to help children be ready for school and there are a number of ways your family can meet eligibility requirements.

To apply for Upbring Head Start program:

  • you must live in Wharton or Matagorda county
  • your child must have be age 3 or 4 on September 1, 2015 of the current school year
  • your family meets specific income or other eligibility requirements

Income eligibility is based on 12 months of income (either the 12 months prior to application or the last calendar year). Your child may be eligible for Upbring Head Start if your family’s gross annual income does not exceed 100 percent of the federal poverty guidelines for family size.  Income we must consider is gross cash income, and includes earned income, military income (including pay and allowances), veterans’ benefits, Social Security benefits, unemployment compensation and public assistance benefits. It also includes child support and cash income received in the form of grants, scholarships and assistanceships.

If you do not meet income requirements for Upbring Head Start, your child may still be eligible if he or she:

  • is living in foster care
  • is living in a family that receives an ongoing cash assistance Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) grant.
  • is living in a household with a family member who is supported by the income of parents or guardians who received Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • lacks a regular fixed adequate nighttime residence, and meets the definition of homeless children or unaccompanied youth in the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act

Head Start reserves 10 percent of available slots for children with disabilities who qualify for Early Childhood Special Education.

These are general eligibility guidelines for your reference, please email [email protected] to learn more.

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