Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to some of our most asked questions below

How much does Head Start cost?

There is no cost for Head Start. Families must meet eligibility requirement. 


What documents do I need to bring to my screening appointment?
This can be any of the following items for income.
  • Income Tax Statement for the year: W-2 Form
  • Pay Check Stub
  • Or Anything that will enable us to determine the prior twelve (12) months gross income or the last calendar year income.
  • 12 Months of Child Support (if applicable)
  • SSI Letter (if applicable)
  • Foster Care/Kinship Care Documentation (if applicable)
  • SNAP Benefits award letter 
  • Child’s Birth Certificate
  • Social Security Number for the Enrolling Child (if applicable)
  • Child’s Immunization Record
  • Name, Address, Telephone Numbers of Doctor, Dentist and any Specialists.
  • Child’s Badger Card or Insurance Card
How do I get my child enrolled into Jefferson County Head Start?

You will need to contact Jefferson County Head Start at: 920-674-6127 or 920-674-5577.
Jefferson County can provide you with the required enrollment application forms and answer your questions about the program and your child’s involvement.


How old does my child have to be to enroll in Head Start?
Children who enroll for Jefferson County Head Start must be three (3) or four (4) years of age by September 1st of the new school year.
All children enrolled in Head Start must be age-eligible, a child is eligible to participate in Head Start if:
  • Child’s family income is at or below the federally determined poverty guideline
  • Child’s family is receiving public assistance (TANF, SSI or SNAP)
  • 10% of the total enrollment for the program may be over the Federal Poverty Guidelines
  • Child’s family is experiencing homelessness, or
  • Child is in foster care or kinship care
Does my child have to be potty trained to be in Jefferson County Head Start?

No, our staff will work with you to help in the potty training process.

My child has a Disability / Special Need can I enroll my child in Head Start?
Yes. Ten percent of the total number of children enrolled in each Head Start program must be children with diagnosed disabilities. Head Start works with all the local school districts to assure that children are getting services to meet their individual needs and be eligible for the program.
I live in a different County; can I enroll my child in Head Start?
Only children living in either Jefferson or Western Kenosha county can attend this program. Call the Head Start program in your county or visit the Wisconsin Head Start Association (WHSA) website to locate a Head Start program near you.


Does Head Start provide meals for their students?

All children enrolled in Head Start classrooms receive a breakfast, lunch or afternoon snack at no charge to parents.

Morning classes receive breakfast and lunch, while Afternoon classes receive lunch and a snack. If a child is enrolled in the Full Day program, children then receive breakfast, lunch and snack.
Nutrition is important to healthy growth and development. A nutrition consultant reviews the menus, develops nutrition plans with parents for their child as needed and visits sites to assess compliance with sanitation and nutrition practices in the classrooms.


My child has a food allergy how does Jefferson County Head Start handle this?

The Head Start Nutritionist will work with you to develop a menu your child can eat at Head Start.

May I come into my child's class to see what my child does in Head Start?

You may come to see your child at Head Start; we have an open door policy.

Does Head Start provide transportation for its students?

Jefferson County Head Start busses operate throughout the county providing transportation within a pre-designated radius from the center. Transportation may be available on a limited basis. Parents should inquire about transportation when enrolling their child.