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In an effort to reduce costs and our impact on the environment, NWA Head Start uses a "paperless" enrollment process. To begin the pre-application process, please choose a center in the drop down below and fill out the resulting form. If you need assistance or access to the internet, we provide application kiosks which are available at each of our centers and the Central Office.  You may use these kiosks to pre-apply for enrollment or employment with NWA Head Start. Head Start Staff will happily assist those who would like help entering their information into the form.


Head Start Application 

Your child will need to be the age of 3 before August 1st to be eligible for this School Year

CLICK HERE for the Enrollment Application

CLICK HERE for the Spanish Enrollment Application

Kiosk at Central Office


Scroll down the page for a list of documents we will need to process your child's application.


What do I need to bring?

Below is a list of documents we will ask for to determine eligibility.  If you do not have any of these documents we can help you obtain them.


There are two primary kinds of eligibility for Head Start: categorical eligibility and income eligibility.

Categorical Eligibility: A child from age three to age five is categorically eligible for Head Start if: homeless, in foster care, or the recipient of public assistance (TANF or SSI). TANF funded programs in Arkansas include TEA, Work Pays, Career Pathways, and Community Investment Initiative programs.

Income Eligibility: A child from age three to age five is income eligible for Head Start if the family income is determined to be below the income figures published annually by the federal government as the Poverty Guidelines.

In addition to the two primary kinds of eligibility, we may enroll up to 10% of children from families that have incomes above the Poverty Guidelines. Under certain conditions, we may also serve up to an additional 35% of children from families whose incomes are above the Poverty Guidelines.

About Head Start

According to Datta (Datta, 1976 & Lee et al.,1990) who summarized 31 studies, the program showed immediate improvement in the IQ scores of participating children.

  • Children who attended Head Start are significantly more likely to complete high school, attend college, and possibly have higher earnings in their early twenties.
  • They are less likely to have been booked or charged with a crime.
  • Head Start is associated with large and significant gains in test scores.
  • Head Start significantly reduces the probability that a child will repeat a grade

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