What is LULAC Head Start?
LULAC Head Start Inc. is a community development organization which has served the New Haven Community since 1983. LULAC has been a leader in the New Haven community as an agency committed to excellence in the delivery of child and family development services focusing on serving Latino families. LULAC’s bilingual, professional staff, coupled with their NAEYC-accredited facilities, prepares children for success in learning and life. Originally founded by community members who came together to advocate for more services for Hispanic families, LULAC has become one of the most well-respected agencies serving low-income children and families in the highest-need areas of New Haven.
Head Start is a Federal program that promotes the school readiness of children from birth to age five from low-income families by enhancing their cognitive, social, and emotional development. Head Start programs provide a learning environment that supports children's growth in many areas such as language, literacy, and social and emotional development. Head Start emphasizes the role of parents as their child's first and most important teacher. These programs help build relationships with families that support family well-being and many other important areas.
LULAC Head Start programs also provides Early Head Start, which serves infants, toddlers, and pregnant women and their families who have incomes below the Federal poverty level.
Who is qualified?
Eligibility for Head Start and Early Head Start is based on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Poverty Guidelines. To learn more about these guidelines, please visit the HHS website.
To determine eligibility, you may also contact us by phone: (203) 777-4006, or visit one of our centers.
Children in foster care, homeless children, and children from families receiving public assistance (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families or Supplemental Security Income) are categorically eligible for Head Start and Early Head Start services regardless of income.
LULAC Head Start programs may enroll up to 10 percent of children from families that have incomes above the Poverty Guidelines. Programs may also serve up to an additional 35 percent of children from families whose incomes are above the Poverty Guidelines, but below 130 percent of the poverty line if the program can ensure that certain conditions have been met.
How to apply?
To apply for LULAC program, contact one of the LULAC centers and request an application package. Contact information is listed on the Contact Us page. From the How To Enroll page of this website, you can view a list of documents needed for applying and also download or print the application form to submit to any one of our centers.
How old must my child be to enroll in LULAC Head Start?
Head Start accepts eligible 3 and 4 year old children until they can enter Kindergarten. Early Head Start accepts eligible infants and toddlers.