WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS TO ENROLL A CHILD IN WILMINGTON HEAD START?

Children must be at least 3 years of age by August 31 of the current school year and no older than 5 years of age as of August 31. A child with an IFSP or IEP, or from Early Head Start, needs to be 3 years old by December 31st of the enrollment year. Parents must meet federal income guidelines and children must live in or attend a childcare facility within the city limits of Wilmington, Delaware.

HOW DO I APPLY FOR MY CHILD?

You can fill out a pre-enrollment form over the phone (302) 762-8038 ext. 10 or you can stop by any of our four centers to pick up the application (you can download a copy from here). Fill out the application and deliver it to one of the centers listed at the bottom of the application. We will contact you within 7 to 10 business days to arrange an appointment to enroll your child.

HOW IS MY CHILD SELECTED FOR HEAD START?

After the initial enrollment appointment, all children are automatically placed on the waiting list. Selection meetings are held throughout the program year to accept children for the next program year. Children are chosen utilizing the Selection Criteria Form. The families with the most points are chosen first. When the family is accepted, an acceptance letter is mailed out giving detailed information about the next steps the family must take to have their child begin at Wilmington Head Start, Inc.

DOES WILMINGTON HEAD START PROVIDE SERVICES TO CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES?

Yes, children with disabilities participate in the full range of services at Wilmington Head Start as well as additional services provided through the School District.

WHAT IS THE FEE TO ATTEND WILMINGTON HEAD START?

Wilmington Head Start is a free, state and federally funded program. There is no cost to the parents.

DOES WILMINGTON HEAD START PROVIDE TRANSPORTATION?

Yes, transportation may be provided but it is not guaranteed, however not all the centers offer transportation. In order to take advantage of transportation services, the child must live in or attend a child care facility within the zone of the Center. For more specific information, see Transportation Services.

WHAT IS THE CURRICULUM USED BY WILMINGTON HEAD START?

Wilmington Head Start teachers use the Creative Curriculum.

DOES WILMINGTON HEAD START PROVIDE MEALS?

Yes, Wilmington Head Start serves well balanced and nutritious meals. Breakfast and lunch are provided daily and if the child is attending a full-day program, the child receives a snack in the afternoon.

ARE THERE ANY OPPORTUNITIES FOR PARENT INVOLVEMENT?

Certainly – parents are always welcome as classroom volunteers, as well as serving as  members of the Policy Council or on the center’s Parent Committee. We want and encourage parents to be involved. If you are interested please send us an email to WHSinformation@WilmHeadStart.org.

WHO CAN I CALL FOR MORE INFORMATION?

Wilmington Head Start would like to hear from you