Head Start

About Head Start
Head Start is a whole-child, whole-family approach. It is based on the following philosophy:
  • Children benefit most from a full service program aimed at promoting each child's development and growth
  • A child's entire family must be involved for the best results.

Head Start is a full school day program: 7:45 a.m. – 3:05 p.m.

Head Start is a federally funded program. Its purpose and intent is to increase the social competence and school readiness of young children and to provide a strong foundation of family support and education. By evaluating and meeting needs of the child and family in the areas of health, nutrition, mental health, social services, education and diagnosed or suspected disabilities, the program is able to prepare children for a successful school experience.

Head Start classes are structured with a careful balance of individual choice and large group experiences. A focus on literacy and math is built into activities to create a strong foundation. Community field trips provide the children a look at the wider world and enhance parental involvement as well. Working with campus and district staff, Head Start addresses strengths and challenges of children and families to supply the best resources available and to work together for school readiness.

Sharon Jackson, Director of Early Education Services
Phone: (979) 764-5423
Email: sjackson@csisd.org

Eligibility Requirements
  • Residence in College Station
  • Four* years of age on or before September 1 of the school year for which he/she is enrolling
  • Meet income guidelines set forth by the Federal Government

    * Three year olds may also be considered for enrollment if the birthday is prior to September 1.

In accordance with Head Start standards and Policy Council recommendations, priority consideration is given to:

  • Children who are in foster care or under placement by Child Protective Services
  • Children who are homeless
  • Children who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Children who have a diagnosed disability
  • Children in a distressed situation (abuse, neglect, incarcerated parent)

A committee with parent representation annually approves eligibility criteria for the program.


There are 196 slots available in the Head Start Program. Classes are located on most elementary campuses.


Enrollment Procedures

To apply for Head Start or Pre-Kindergarten services, you may:
  • Visit our office at 1812 Welsh
  • Contact Renate Blas at rblas@csisd.org to request an application by mail
  • Call (979) 764-5423 for any questions about the application process

The following documents are necessary for the application process. Copies may be made at the office:
  • Birth certificate or passport. (If your child was not born in the United States, please provide a copy of immigration status)
  • Lease agreement or utility bill (other bills are not accepted)
  • Immunization record showing current immunizations for age:
  • Social Security Card (If a citizen or resident of the United States)
  • Verification of current family income. Bring all items listed below that apply:
    • Two most current pay statements for each parent employed
    • Assistantships / Pell grants
    • Funds received from country of residence
    • Assistance paperwork showing receipt of food stamps, TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families), SSI (Supplemental Security Income), HUD (Housing for Urban Development), Medicaid, WIC (Nutritional Assistance to Women, Infants and Children), or Child Support
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