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 Head Start and Early Head Start are accepting applications for the upcoming 2014-15 school year. Contact 603-516-8144 more information. We also have application days set for August 13 & 27 in Rochester (Community Center, 150 Wakefield Street); July 8 in Dover (62A Whittier Street) and July 14 in Farmington (120 Main Street). Visit our events page for information or email

Head Start is a national school readiness program that provides comprehensive education, health, nutrition, and parent and community involvement services to children from eligible families in Strafford County, New Hampshire. involvement.

Head Start serves children at our centers or in the home:
Children ages 3-5 (do not have to be potty trained)
Part-day center and home-based options
Inclusive program
Individualized curriculum
School-year schedule
Nutritious meals

Registration requirements:
Birth certificate or other verification of date of birth
Immunization records
Verification of income(12 months)
There may be space for over-income families

Call 603-516-8144 or email for information or to learn how to apply

Forms/Documents

Employment release

Unemployment release

Zero income verification

Head Start Center Based (ages 3-5) in Dover, Farmington, Milton, Rochester & Somersworth:                 

  • High-quality early education 5 days a week for 4 hours a day
  • Individualized curriculum
  • An inclusive program for children with disabilities or developmental delays
  • Nutritious breakfast and lunch
  • Health screenings (including dental, vision, and hearing)
  • Access to mental health and nutrition professionals
  • Family support through home visits and access to a Family Advocate
  • Parent involvement and volunteer opportunities
  • Educational field trips (transportation provided) and special events

Extended day services may be available through our child care program at your site.  Additional information on rates and availability on child care can be obtained by calling 603-755-2883.

Head Start Home Based (ages 3-5) in Barrington, Dover, Farmington, Milton, Rochester & Somersworth:

  • Brings ideas for activities for you and your child.
  • Shows you how to use things in your home to teach your child.
  • Plans and demonstrates activities for you.
  • Assists you in finding what community resources are available for such things as nutrition, mental health, family planning, and special education services.
  • Home Visitors visit their families each week for 90 minutes over the course of the Head Start school year (determined annually).

Head Start Locations & Resources

To apply for the program, contact your nearest Head Start Center or call 603-516-8144 or email

Dover
62A Whittier Street
603-516-2300

Farmington
120 Main Street
603-755-2883

Milton
55 Industrial Drive
603-652-0990

Rochester
150 Wakefield Street
603-516-2320

Somersworth
184 Maple Street Extension
603-817-5458

Web Links:

New Hampshire Head Start 2012

Office of Head Start (under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) http://bit.ly/I7amYj

National Head Start Association http://www.nhsa.org/

National Association for the Education of Young Children http://www.naeyc.org/

Head Start Testimonial

“In one year, I witnessed my daughter change from a toddler-like dependent to a little girl with the tools and understanding needed for the challenges that readily await her,” said Darril, a father from Dover. “It brings great joy to see her rapidly progress due to her Head Start experience. Head Start not only prepared my daughter for kindergarten, but instilled a confidence in learning I wish was provided to myself at her age.”

“The opportunity to volunteer and participate in her education has not only given me a unique experience it has also allowed me to witness her continued intellectual an social growth, while also providing a reminder of best of what we all are,” he said.