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What are the Total Action for Progress Head Start and Early Head Start Programs?

Head Start and Early Head Start are educational programs which prepares children for school and life. Instructors encourage student development in physical, cognitive, language, social and emotional skills. The curriculum is tailored to each child's individual needs and stages of development. Head Start also provides services in the area of disabilities and behavioral health when needed.

Our program also has home-based educational opportunities. Parents whose children are enrolled in the home-based program are considered their children s primary teacher. This program provides weekly home visits with a Head Start representative to help parents learn ways to best encourage their children s development to prepare them for kindergarten.

Head Start also works with parents to help them reach their goals in the areas of housing, employment, transportation and parenting.

Pregnant women and children from birth to age three can participate in the Early Head Start program. This program provides prenatal education, full-day childcare, and family development services for parents who are employed, in an employment training program, or in school.

What areas does this program serve?

Residents in Roanoke City, Roanoke County, Vinton, Salem, Botetourt County, Alleghany County, Craig County, Rockbridge County, Buena Vista, Covington, and Lexington may apply for the Head Start and Early Head Start programs.

Is there a cost for this program?

There are no costs to families who qualify for this program.

How can I access this service?

If you meet the requirements for the Head Start or Early Head Start program, please click here for the Head Start Cover Page.

If you are applying for Head Start center-based services for a three- to five-year-old and you live in the city of Roanoke, use this application. TAP Head Start and the city of Roanoke collaborate together to bring preschool programs to local Roanoke City families. For more information and an application form, please click here.

If you live outside the City of Roanoke, or live in the City of Roanoke and are applying for the Pregnant Women s Program, home-based services, or center-based services for children birth to age three, use this application. For an application form, please click here.

Head Start and Early Head Start's main office is located at the Roanoke Higher Education Building on 108 N. Jefferson Street, 3rd FL, Suite 302, Roanoke, VA 24016. Our hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. You may also call the receptionist at (540) 767-6093 and she will direct your call accordingly.

Am I eligible for this service?

In order to qualify for Head Start, a potential client must meet the Federal Poverty Guidelines and live within our service area. For the Federal Poverty Guidelines, please click here.

Children must be between the ages of six weeks and five years old. Potential clients will be asked to provide other required information. If required the following is necessary:

  1. If you are employed:
    • Check stub, or
    • W-2 form, or
    • Letter on official letterhead from your employer stating the days, hours, and wages per hour that your earn
  2. Proof of any other form of income, such as:
    • TANF letter from DSS (if applicable)
    • SSI letter from the Department of Social Services (if applicable)
  3. Verification of birth:
    • Birth certificate, or
    • Birth letter from the hospital

Your donations are necessary to make this program possible.

TAP Head Start is enrolled in the USDA Food Program. The USDA is an equal opportunity employer and provider.

Community Partnerships and Funding

Head Start partnerships include Roanoke City Public Schools, Hollins Honeytree Early Learning Center, Greenvale School, Covington City Public Schools, and Alleghany Highlands YMCA.

Funding for Head Start comes from the US Department of Health and Human Services, grants from local and national entities, and private donors.