Want to help your child be successful SOMEDAY?

Get them in Alta Head Start TODAY.

Alta Head Start/Early Head Start is a pre-school program — licensed by the Ohio Department of Jobs & Family Services — that is designed to improve the quality of life for children ages birth to 5 years old and give them a “Head Start” in education.

Alta Head Start and Early Head Start have convenient locations throughout the county. Children of Mahoning County residents can attend free. Food and health services are also free.

Alta Head Start has qualified, credentialed teachers. They’re caring, compassionate and will help your child prepare for the future.

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Mahoning County Children ages birth through 5 years old are eligible to apply for Alta Early Head Start or Alta Head Start.

Parents can go through the entire application process in person. Or, you can begin the process with one of our two online options, and complete it with an in-person visit. You can explore each of these options by clicking on the buttons below.

You can also call (330) 736-0071 for more information about applying for Alta Head Start/Early Head Start.

No child will be excluded from the Alta Head Start/Early Head Start program because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin or special-needs condition. No fee is charged for Head Start/Early Head Start services.

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A quick and easy application form to get the process started.

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Once the Express Application is done, you can choose to complete the additional forms needed to finalize your child's initial application.

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Head Start has prepared our child for grade school. He has grown academically and socially.

The teachers are wonderful. You can tell they love their job and our children.

Head Start was the best decision that we have made as far as preparing our son for Kindergarten next year.

Alta Head Start is amazing. Greatly improved my child’s behavior and manners.

Head Start has had a great impact on my daughters life, it has given her the opportunity to explore her own creativity and learn many things.

Alta has become my second family for my children. The teachers and advisers are very helpful and will even go out of their way to make sure your family is taken care of.

Money is tight. Thanks to Alta my child received free dental and health screens.

No better preschool program in the valley.

Alta Head Start has given my child such confidence.