2024-25 Head Start Application
Head Start is a pre-school program for children ages three through five. This FREE program provides children with a developmentally appropriate learning environment and varied experiences which will help them to develop socially, intellectually, physically, and emotionally.  In addition to providing educational services to children and their parents, Head Start provides health, dental and nutritional services, social services, mental health services, services for children with disabilities, and opportunities for parental involvement.  Transportation (within designated service areas) and meals are provided.  
In Marathon County, the Head Start program is operated by the Marathon County Child Development Agency of Wausau, Wisconsin.  The agency receives federal and state funds through grants to offer comprehensive child development services to children and families.  Our Head Start program currently offers a 4-day week full days from 7:55 to 3:10 at Stoddard (Weston) and Barrington (Wausau) and from 7:45 to 3:00 at our KMCzech (Mosinee) Center. The weeks vary from Monday to Thursday OR Tuesday to Friday depending upon the school district scheduled days off.  

WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR THE HEAD START PROGRAM?
Children are eligible for enrollment if they were three years of age on or before September 1 of the current school year or the school year the application is being submitted for. Eligibility is also determined if the family’s total yearly income for the past or current year is less than the following amounts for the number of family members shown below (total yearly income includes wages, self-employment, social security, disability benefits, alimony, child support, student financial aid/scholarships, and unemployment compensation):

           $15,060 for 1 (foster child)                       $36,580 for 5 family members

           $20,440 for 2 family members                 $41,960 for 6 family members

           $25,820 for 3 family members                 $47,340 for 7 family members

           $31,200 for 4 family members                 $52,720 for 8 family members *

*For family units with more than 8 members, add $5,380 for each additional member.**Children may also meet eligibility if they are a foster child; if the family receives Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) (W2) or child receives Social Security Income (SSI); If child receives FoodShare or if the child has a special need diagnosed by a specialist.

Anyone interested in applying for enrollment of a child is asked to complete, sign, and return the attached application form.

MEDICAL AND DENTAL EXAMS ARE REQUIRED FOR EACH CHILD ATTENDING HEAD START CLASSES
The necessary forms will be provided after eligibility for the child is determined. These forms make up Part Two of your child’s application. Please make appointments for the exams and return these forms as soon as possible!

MEDICAID (MA), Badger Care, and HEALTHY START
If you need help paying for the health care you and your children need, the Medicaid (MA), Healthy Start, or Badger Care programs may be able to help. These programs provide health insurance to low-income families, children, and pregnant women. For more information, or to apply, contact the Marathon County Department of Employment and Training at the Job Center: 364 Grand Avenue, Wausau, WI  54403 / 715-261-8700.

IMMUNIZATIONS
Wisconsin Daycare/Preschool Regulations REQUIRE a record of immunizations on file within 30 days of your child’s first day of attendance for every child participating in the Head Start program.  If you do not have a copy of this record, please contact your doctor’s office or the health department where the immunizations were given and request a copy for your records.  PLEASE SEND A COPY OF THE RECORD OF IMMUNIZATIONS FOR YOUR CHILD WITH YOUR APPLICATION FORM.  Also, please take your child’s immunization record along with you when your child has the medical exam done so that the examiner can record the dates of immunizations.
 
*If you have questions regarding the required immunization records, medical exam, or dental exam, please contact the program Health Specialist at 715-845-2947.

**If you have any questions about the Head Start Program or need assistance in completing the application form, please call our Enrollment Specialist at 715-845-2947.

Return the following to Marathon County Child Development Agency – Head Start  616 Grant Street, Wausau, WI  54403:

____ Copies of Documentation of Income [copy of last year’s tax form1040]

____ Copy of Child’s Immunization Record


Thank you for your interest in the Head Start program!!!


WRITTEN DOCUMENTATION OF INCOME MUST BE SENT WITH THE APPLICATION -- Applications without written documentation of income verification cannot be considered.

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