Head Start

Enrollment Options

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There are several developmentally appropriate options for income eligible families who are interested in Champaign County Head Start/Early Head Start. All options serve children who have a disability. Nutritious meals are provided in every option. Head Start and Early Head Start services are free in all program options. There is a fee for child care services in the full-day, child care center and family child care options.


Program options include:

  • Full-day Classrooms (10 hours)
  • Part-day Classrooms (3 1/2 hours)
  • School-day Classrooms (6 hours)
  • Home Base
  • Collaboration with a Child Care Center
  • Collaboration with a Homeless Shelter
  • Collaborations with Family Child Care Homes
  • Expectant Families

Full-day Head Start (Full-day, Year-round)

Full-day Head Start is for children 3 to 5-years-old whose parents are working and/or attending school. While Head Start services are free, families needing the full-day option pay for child care services. The fee for child care is based on family size and income and is assessed through enrollment with the state child care subsidy agency Child Care Resource Services.

Part-day Head Start (School Year)

Part-day options are available for children 3 to 5-years-old. Families have the option of their child attending a morning or an afternoon session. Transportation is provided based on established agency bus routes.

School-day Head Start (6 hours, School Year)

School-day Head Start is available for children 3 to 5-years-old. The school-day option is free; priority is given to families who are working and/or attending school. Transportation is provided based on availability.

Full-day Early Head Start (Year-round)

Early Head Start offers center-based services for infants, toddlers and 2-year-olds. Iron-fortified formula for infants is provided. Parents are responsible for their child’s transportation in Early Head Start. Services to expectant families are also available in this option.

While Early Head Start services are free, families needing the full-day option pay for child care services. The fee for child care is based on family size and income and is assessed through enrollment with the state child care subsidy agency Child Care Resource Services.

Part-day Early Head Start (Year-round)

Part-day options are available for infants, toddlers and 2-year-olds. At the Rantoul center, families may enroll their child in a morning or an afternoon session. The part-day session at the Champaign center operates in the morning. Parents are responsible for their child’s transportation in Early Head Start.

Child Care Collaborations (Full-day, Year-round)

Champaign County Head Start/Early Head Start (CCHS) partners with a child care center and several family child care homes in the county to wrap CCHS services around already existing child care. The fee for child care at a collaboration site is arranged at the particular center or home. Nutritious meals are provided with no additional fee. Teachers and family child care providers at these sites are required to follow Head Start/Early Head Start Performance Standards for all service areas. Parents are responsible for their child’s transportation at these sites.

Home Base

This option serves children 6 weeks to kindergarten entry age and expectant families. Home Base services are year-round. Home Visitors serve families throughout Champaign County and provide Head Start/Early Head Start services weekly to families in their homes. Family Days for home based enrollment are held twice a month, with transportation provided. EHS parents must accompany their infant, toddler or 2-year-old to Family Day activities.