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Frequently Asked Questions

Enrollment Questions

How many hours will my child be in school?

As of Program Year 2020-2021, classroom hours will vary based on site.

Full day classrooms are six (6) hours per day, five (5) days per week. Morning and afternoon half-day classrooms are four (4) hours per day, four days per week.

For more information, contact our Enrollment Coordinator.

Is my child eligible for Head Start?

All children ages 3-5 living in Yellowstone and Carbon Counties are eligible for enrollment at Head Start. Please be aware priority is given to children who meet the income guidelines with the goal that the children with the highest need are served first. We determine need based on income and benefits information such as tax returns, W2’s, check stubs, child support statements, school financial aid statements, TANF, SSI, SSDI, and WIC statements, tribal income, and other sources of income. We also consider a child’s family network, immigration status, housing situation, and any special or unique needs.

Do I have to be low-income to enroll my child in Head Start?

A small percentage of children enrolled in Head Start’s services are over-income, but 90% of Head Start’s admitted students must be income eligible. Income can be complicated, so we are happy to verify your income even if you think your family is over the income guidelines.

I am the child’s legal caregiver but not the biological parent. Can I still enroll my child in Head Start?

Yes! Any legal guardian with custody over the child can apply for enrollment to Head Start.

How much does it cost to enroll my child in Head Start?

Enrolling your child at Head Start is free.

I don’t live in Billings. Can I still enroll my child in Head Start?

Yes! All residents of Yellowstone and Carbon Counties can apply for Head Start.

Does Head Start provide transportation?

At this time we do not provide transportation, but we will help you find transportation options so your child can attend school.

Where are you located?

For more information about our locations visit our locations page.

Does my child need to see the doctor or dentist before they enroll?

Yes. They must have completed a well-child checkup from their doctor and dentist before they attend any Head Start school. Families can pick up these applications at the North Park site, call to have the application mailed, or print the application here.

Do I have to do anything once my child is enrolled?

We encourage all parents to be involved with their child’s education and experience at Head Start. After enrollment is complete, each family will be assigned a family advocate who will complete at least two home visits throughout the school year. We also have at least two parent-teacher conferences each year. Beyond these meetings, we encourage parents to volunteer in their child’s classroom, attend field trips, take part in meal time, and attend fun family activities in the evenings or on the weekends.

What is the role of my Family Advocate in my family’s life?

These professionals provide families with referrals to community resources in areas such as emergency assistance, educational opportunities, parenting classes, employment training, and counseling. Family Advocates will advocate for you and assist you with achieving your goals.

Career Questions

Do you have open positions at Head Start?

Please see our Career Opportunities page for our current openings.

How do I apply for a position at Head Start?

Apply online by visiting our Career Opportunities page.

Community Questions

What do volunteers do at Head Start?

We have many volunteer opportunities at Head Start. Please visit our Volunteer page for more information.

How do I donate to Head Start?

You can donate to Head Start by making a one-time or recurring contribution of cash, fundraising matches, material goods, and more. Learn more on our Donate page.

What do you do with community donations?

Head Start uses community donations for a wide variety of programmatic needs. For more information, please see our Donate page.

Do you accept volunteers?

We love volunteers! Volunteers make an enormous difference in our program and our families’ lives. Please see our Volunteer page for more information.

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