Head Start | Early Head Start
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I-CARE, Inc. Head Start is one of the largest early childhood education programs in Iredell and Catawba Counties serving 235 children.
We have established quality educational environments with a proven track record of serving low-income families.
Early Head Start
Children Ages 1-3
Early Head Start (EHS)
programs serve toddlers
ages 1-3. EHS programs
development and family
support services to
low-income infants and
toddlers and their families.
Early Head Start programs
provide family-centered services for low-income families with very young children. These programs are designed to promote the development of the children, and to enable their parents to fulfill their roles as parents and to move toward self-sufficiency.
Early Head Start programs provide similar services as preschool Head Start programs, but they are tailored for the unique needs of infants and toddlers. Early Head Start programs promote the physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development of infants and toddlers through safe and developmentally enriching caregiving. This prepares these children for continued growth and development and eventual success in school and life.
Early Head Start programs also mobilize the local community to provide the resources and environment necessary to ensure a comprehensive, integrated array of services and support for children and families.
Children Ages 3-5
Unlike many traditional
child care and other early
education programs, Head
Start focuses on preparing
children for school,
working to develop each
child’s social and learning
High Quality Education
Family Case Management
Disability Services and Support
Mental Health Services for Children and Families
Health Screenings and assistance (Including Dental, Vision and Hearing)
Who Is Eligible for Head Start?
Head Start services offer free services to families who reside in Iredell and Catawba counties and meet federal low-income guidelines. Families who receive public assistance or other benefits may also be eligible.
For more information and/or to speak to a staff person, please call (704) 873-2858 in Iredell County or (828) 464-1108 in Catawba County.
Head Start Applications
Aplicaciones de Head Start
Follow the steps & click on the name of the form you want to complete.
Siga los pasos y haga clic en el nombre del formulario que desea completar.
Select the County where your child will attend Head Start & review the instructions
Seleccione el condado donde su hijo asistirá a Head Start y revise las instrucciones
Complete the application for Head Start
Complete each of these required forms
(Only if reporting $0 income)
Complete la solicitud de Head Start
Complete cada uno de estos formularios obligatorios
(Solo si informa ingresos de $ 0)
To send an email to any of the program staff members, click on the envelope under their picture.
Click the icon below to get to resources and information for Head Start Parents.