Providing Head Start and Early Head Start Programs

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Portage Learning Centers

What are Head Start and Early Head Start Services?

The Head Start program is a no-cost preschool for income-eligible children, ages three to five years old, and not kindergarten eligible. Portage Learning Centers operates four Head Start centers, located in Kent, Ravenna, Streetsboro, and Atwater.

240 children are served in Head Start.

Early Head Start (EHS) is a no-cost early education program for infants, toddlers, and pregnant women.  Portage Learning Centers serves EHS children and families in a home-based program, offered virtually for the 2020-2021 school year. A center-based program is also provided to EHS children in our Kent location.

84 children and pregnant women are served in Early Head Start.

Head Start and Early Head Start are federally funded programs that promote the school readiness of children ages birth to 5 from income-eligible families by enhancing their cognitive, social, and emotional development. Programs provide comprehensive services to enrolled children and their families, including health, nutrition, social services, education, and cognitive development services.

How do You Apply?

Call (330) 297-7795 to schedule an enrollment appointment at our Portage Learning Centers Main Office.

You can complete a portion of the enrollment application by using this link.

Eligibility Requirements

Head Start and Early Head Start are income-based programs. Income guidelines are based on family size.

2021 Income Guidelines

Homeless and Foster Children are automatically eligible for services.

Twelve months of documented income must be provided, i.e., W2, 1040, 1099, paystubs, OWF, SSI, Social Security, Child Support, Unemployment, etc.

If a family claims no income for the previous twelve months, the enrollment office will provide more information on what will be required.

Proof of age is required for child applicants (birth certificate/birth record).

Pregnant women will not need to provide proof of age, nor will they need to prove pregnancy.

Other information needed:

  • Name, address, and phone number of two emergency contacts
  • Custody/guardianship paperwork, if applicable.
  • Name of child’s doctor and dentist

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Portage Learning Centers is accepting applications for the Head Start and Early Head Start Programs.  Please call our main office at 330-297-7795 for more information. 

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