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Head Start

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We are accepting applications now for children ages 3-5 for our Head Start program. Interested in learning more? Call 603-652-0990 for information.

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.

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 603-652-0990 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for information or to learn how to apply


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

**Please note: Some phone numbers have changed.

To apply for the program, contact your nearest Head Start Center or call 603-652-0990 or email headstart@co.strafford.nh.us

62A Whittier Street

120 Main Street

55 Industrial Drive

150 Wakefield Street

184 Maple Street Extension


Web Links:

New Hampshire Head Start 2012

USDA CACFP Public Release Non-Pricing Programs

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.