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
Birth certificate or other verification of date of birth
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
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).