Support children fulfilling their potential.

Early Childhood Programs

OLHSA's Early Childhood programs support children fulfilling their potential. Early childhood programs are designed to ensure children and families have access to nutritional, medical, educational, and family supports. We partner with families and medical professionals to improve healthy childhood development outcomes inside and outside the classroom. OLHSA is there to lend a helping hand to parents who are ready to take the initiative in their child’s welfare.

How to Apply

Program eligibility is determined by household income and the age of child, special considerations is given to families of children with disabilities.

Documents Needed With Appointment

  • A copy of your child's Birth Certificate
  • Documentation of cash assistance or SSI benefits (if applicable)
  • SNAP eligibility letter
  • Documentation of homelessness or foster care (if applicable)
  • Income information for previous year: W2 or 1040
  • Most current immunization record
  • Proof of residency
  • Insurance/Medicaid card
  • IEP/IFSP or disability documentation (if applicable)
  • Physical exam (A complete exam- MUST include lead & hemoglobin screenings, be signed, and dated by physician.)

Enrollment Guidelines

Head Start

Head Start is a pre-school program with part day and full day options available. Priority is given to families with income within the federal poverty guidelines, foster children or children with disabilities that are 3 or 4 years old. A child must turn 3 years old by September 1st of the current school year. A birth certificate and current proof of income such as an income tax return or proof of TANF or SSI benefits is needed.

Early Head Start

Center based and home based options available for pregnant women and families with children ages birth to three years old that fall within federal poverty guidelines as documented with current proof of income as well as foster children and families with special needs children.

Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP)

Families with children 4 years of age with certain risk factors. Documentation of risk factors, such as income, must be provided.

Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)

Low-income pregnant women or families with children up to age 5.