1. After I turn in my child’s application, what happens next?

The Center Director will contact you to set up a selection appointment; this appointment will determine your class placement or your position on the wait list.

2. What time do classes begin? End?

Classes beginning and ending time are dependent on the center you are attending.  Please contact the Center Director appropriate to your needs for specific times.

3. Does my child have to be potty trained?

Your child does not need to be potty trained to attend Head Start.

4. Does my child receive a snack?

Head Start has an agreement with the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) through the state of Montana to help purchase food and milk for the students.  Dependent on class time children are served either; breakfast and lunch; or lunch and snack.  All meals and snacks follow strict guidelines based on low fat, low sugar, low salt, and appropriate proportions.  

5. How can I be involved?

Head Start offers various ways for families to be involved.   Families may participate on Policy Council, Parent Committee, and other program committees as the need arises.  Families may also volunteer time in the center classrooms.  This time is found to be highly rewarding for the program and the volunteers.

6. What can Head Start do for my family?

Head Start offers opportunities for training in multiple avenues including child rearing, job training, health and nutrition, and information regarding free resources in the community.  If there is a specific need, for example, drug or alcohol abuse, job loss, or other family crisis, help is offered through Head Start and the staff facilitates referrals to specialists in the community and will follow up to be sure you receive assistance.  Head Start encourages volunteer activities throughout the program.

7. Is my foster child eligible for Head Start?

Foster children are eligible for Head Start regardless of family income.

8. When I turn in my application what do I need to bring?

It is recommended to bring a copy of your child’s birth certificate, child’s immunization record, child’s social security card, and your child’s insurance card-if applicable.

9. How much does it cost?

There is no charge for Head Start services.