Head Start helps young children from low-income families prepare to succeed in school through local programs. Head Start and Early Head Start programs promote children’s development through services that support early learning, health, and family well-being.

Head Start

Head Start helps young children (3-5 years old) from low-income families prepare to succeed in school through local programs. Head Start programs promote children's development through services that support early learning, health, and family well-being. Our programs are available at no cost and currently serve families in Kane and Grundy County.

Early Head Start

Early Head Start helps young children in low income households, from birth to 3 years old and their families prepare to succeed in school through local programs. These programs promote children’s development through services that support early learning, health, and family well-being. Our programs serve families in Aurora, Addison, Melrose Park, and Bellwood.

For Children

  • Year-Round, Full and Half-Day Programs
  • Low Teacher-Child Ratios
  • School Readiness/Engaging Activities
  • Nutritious Meals for Children
  • Welcomes children with special needs

For Parents

  • GED and ESL Classes
  • Career Services/Financial Management Education
  • Links to Community Resources
  • Computer Training Classes
  • Child Care Assistance Program Available
Preschool for All - Expansion

Preschool for All Expansion program provides high-quality preschool services, including comprehensive developmental screening; bachelor’s-level early childhood licensed teachers; and standards-aligned, research-based curriculum to provide children with a foundation of knowledge and skills that allows them to be successful throughout their school experience.  Programs are located in Aurora and West Chicago.

Prevention Initiative

Prevention Initiative (PI) provides intensive, research-based, and comprehensive child development and family support services for expectant parents and families with children from birth to age 3 to help them build a strong foundation for learning and to prepare children for later school success.​