How to Enroll Your Child

The Shippensburg Head Start Program provides comprehensive services to pregnant women and children 0 to 5 years old. The Federal Head Start Performance Standards and the Federal Head Start Act require verification of the family income to determine eligibility for service. You will be required to complete an application and provide verification of your income and eligibility at the time of application. You may verify your income and eligibility using the following documentation:

  • Income Tax Form 1040
  • W-2 Form
  • Verified by employer
  • Unemployment Compensation
  • Pay stubs
  • Child Support
  • SSI Determination letter
  • Cash Assistance Determination letter
  • Foster Care
  • Homeless
  • Documentation of no income

You will be asked to verify the income of each person who is identified as a family member. Family members will be identified as defined in the Federal definition of family, as outlined by Federal Head Start Performance Standards and the Federal Head Start Act.

You may make an appointment to complete an application to the Shippensburg Head Start Program by calling (717) 477-1626. During the phone call the Federal Income guidelines will be discussed with you, as well as other information unique to your family's eligibility. Or you may request an appointment online. We will contact you by phone using the number you provided once we have processed your online request.

The Federal Head Start Guidance prefers that the completion of the application occurs in the home of the child you chose to enroll. Other locations for an appointment may also be determined by unique family situations such as:

  • Foster Care placement
  • Parent schedules
  • Families moving into the area