Application Information

Accepting Applications for the

2023-2024 School Year!


Birth to Five Early Childhood Education

Head Start

Early Head Start 

VPK / Title 1

  • You will need your child's birth certificate and proof of income for your appointment.
  • Fill out the pre-application


  • Please be patient while the process is taking place.  A Family Advocate will set up an appointment with you at the school choice site location to complete the application process.


  • Eligibility and selection are based on family need and income. Space is limited.
  • Priority for Head Start is given to children who turn 4 years of age on or before September 1st of the applying school year.
  • Priority for the Early Head Start is given to expectant mothers and children up to 3 years of age on or before September 1st.
  • Children with documented disabilities or special needs are encouraged to apply.
  • Transportation is provided for students who reside two miles and more away from the school site.
  • In-person interviews are required in order to complete the application process.
  • Completing an application and in person interview does not guarantee selection into the program.
  • All applicants are placed on the program's waiting list and will be notified if they have been accepted to the program.
  • List of acceptable documents for proving family income
  • VPK/ Title 1 - students must be 4 on or before September 1
  • VPK certificate number is required

The following documents are needed for your in order for your application to be complete:

  • Proof of age for the child (original birth certificate)
  • Proof of Income, one month (bi-weekly 2 pay stubs or weekly 4 pay stubs) for all family members that receive income including child support, TANF, SSI, SSA, W2 or a 1040 tax return (2022)

Additional Documentation if applicable:

  • Documentation of disability: Early Head Start requires a copy of the IFSP.  Head Start requires a referral/IEP.
  • Custody papers if not the natural parent
  • Proof of pregnancy is required when applying for Early Head Start

Once the application is complete you will need to apply and obtain a VPK Voucher (4 year old ONLY) through the Early Learning Coalition (2675 Winkler Avenue, Suite 300, Fort Myers, Florida).

For questions please email: [email protected]