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Early Head Start and Head Start preschool (Head Start 0-5) staff interact with families on a wide variety of early childhood development topics. Specific services include assistance with pre- and post-natal care, early literacy, health, nutrition, positive parent-child activities, social services, and parent education.


Two children play.Both programs embrace a comprehensive vision of health for children, families and staff. The goal is to support healthy development by encouraging practices that prevent illness or injury and by promoting positive, culturally relevant health behaviors that enhance lifelong well being.


Every child’s needs are addressed on an individual basis. Services are available for children with special needs and disabilities.


Families must meet the federal income guidelines in order to “income qualify” for either program. A family automatically “income qualifies” if they are receiving on-going, public assistance (TANF, SSI, FIP, CDC) through the government, if the child is in foster care, or is a ward of the state. Priority for enrollment is based on several factors, some of which are parental status, special needs, housing situations, etc.


What is Head Start?
Head Start is preschool for 3 and 4 year old children provided at no cost to eligible families.(Early Head Start is a program for pregnant women and children age 0-3 provided at no cost to you.)

Head Start is a school readiness program. We address each child’s needs individually in a play based and supportive environment. Head Start staff facilitates a smooth transition in to kindergarten.



    • Monday – Thursday
    • 3 ½ hrs per day
    • September – May
    • Transportation offered IF available

FULL DAY / FULL WEEK CLASSROOMS (for working families only):

    • Monday - Friday
    • 6 ½ hrs per day
    • September – May
    • Transportation is not available


    • Care and education for children
    • Group support for parents
    • Workshops for parents
    • Parent-child play groups
    • Diapers and food provided during the Head Start day
    • Health and developmental screenings
    • Creative Curriculum for preschool


Who is eligible for Head Start?

    • Families who meet federal income guidelines
    • Children 3 or 4 years old by November 1 of the current school year

    How do we apply for Head Start?

    Call our office at 586-469-5215 to see if you qualify and schedule an appointment for an application. In order to complete the application, you will need proof of Macomb County residency, proof of child's age, and proof of income. Please also inform Head Start if your child has an IEP or IFSP.


    Where is Head Start?

    Head Start classrooms are located throughout Macomb County. Our main office is located at 21885 Dunham Rd. Suite 10, in the VerKuilen building, enter through door "D". The office phone number is 586-469-5215.



    Head Start helps children and families.

    Head Start 0-5 Mission Statement

    Macomb County Community Services Agency Head Start strengthens and empowers children 0 – 5 years old and their families by promoting health, education, and resiliency.




    For more information, contact:
    MCCSA Head Start

    Phone: 586-469-5215
    Fax: 586-493-5753
    TDD: 586-469-5962


    VerKuilen Building
    21885 Dunham Road, Suite 10
    Clinton Township, MI 48036

    Email: mccsa@macombgov.org
    When emailing questions regarding services, please include your name, phone number or other contact information, and city of residence. This helps us to serve you more efficiently.



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