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Children's Services

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

provide intensive

comprehensive child

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.

Kid Playing with Wooden Toys
Head Start classroom picture

Head Start

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 

skills through:

  • High Quality Education

  • Individualized Curriculum

  • Family Case Management

  • Disability Services and Support

  • Mental Health Services for Children and Families

  • Meal Plans

  • 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 | Early Head Start

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.

Head Start Applications

Program Staff

To send an email to any of the program staff members, click on the envelope under their picture.

 Director of Children’s Services




Lorenzana - Curry

Education / Mental Health/Disabilities  Manager

 Assistant Director of Children’s Services

Professional Development Specialist



Employee Health & Wellness Specialist

Step 1  
Select the County where your child will attend Head Start & review the instructions

Step 2  
Complete the application for Head Start

Step 3
Complete each of these required forms

(Only if reporting $0 income)

Paso 1 
Seleccione el condado donde su hijo asistirá a Head Start y revise las instrucciones

Paso 2  
Complete la solicitud de Head Start

Paso 3
Complete cada uno de estos formularios obligatorios

(Solo si informa ingresos de $ 0)

Children's Services Staff

Click the icon below to get to resources and information for Head Start Parents.



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