Your child's path to school readiness.
Arkansas Early Learning operates Head Start and Early Head Start programs in ten counties within Arkansas. As a grantee of federal funds we must serve those in order of greatest need. The enrollment questionnaire assists us in making an eligibility determination for your family.
There are two primary types of eligibility for Head Start/Early Head Start: categorical eligibility and income eligibility.
Categorical Eligibility: A child from age zero to age five is categorically eligible for Head Start/Early Head Start if the child/family is homeless or in foster care.
Income Eligibility: A child from age zero to age five is income eligible for Head Start/Early Head Start if the family income is determined to be below the income figures published annually by the federal government as the Poverty Guidelines. Families receiving public assistance (TANF or SSI) are also income eligible for Head Start/Early Head Start. TANF funded programs in Arkansas include TEA, Work Pays, Career Pathways, and Community Investment Initiative programs. In addition to the two primary kinds of eligibility, we may enroll up to 10% of children from families that have incomes above the Poverty Guidelines. Under certain conditions, we may also serve up to an additional 35% of children from families whose incomes are above the Poverty Guidelines.
The process for applying for enrollment is:
1. Click below or come by one of our locations to complete the online Enrollment Questionnaire. AEL has a kiosk available at each location for your convenience.
2. Scan, take a picture with your phone, fax, or bring in all documents needed to make an eligibility determination. It is important you provide all of the requested information in a timely manner as slots fill quickly. We do maintain an active waitlist for services.
3. Attend your scheduled in-person or telephone interview.
4. An AEL Family Services staff member will follow up with you regarding the status of your elibility.