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About Head Start 

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If you have a child between the ages of 3-5, we have a free preschool program just right for you!

Head Start (HS) is a center-based preschool program that offers comprehensive early childhood education, health, nutrition, developmental services, and parent involvement opportunities to low-income children and their families.  

Head Start is more than just childcare. Arkansas Early Learning serves Head Start children ages 3 to 5 in Craighead, Crittenden, Cross, Greene, Jackson, Poinsett counties.  AEL utilizes a curriculum that includes individualization and emphasizes the use of positive guidance while offering: 


  • Free, high-quality preschool services

  • Free meals and snacks for children

  • Health, nutrition, dental, and developmental & behavioral screenings

  • School readiness

  • Parent Involvement Opportunities


Classroom activities, materials, and equipment support the development of problem-solving, critical thinking, and logical reasoning skills.  Parents are encouraged to work with teachers and other staff to identify priorities, goals, and resources, not only for their child(ren) but for the entire family.

To learn more about the Arkansas Early Learning Head Start program or to discuss eligibility, contact us at your earliest convenience. 



  • Children must be at least 3 years old by the school entrance date

  • Family qualifier must be at or below 100% of the federal poverty level

  • Child needs a completed physical and dental exam

How to Apply:

Visit one of our Head Start Centers or click here to complete an application online.

Como Aplicar:

Visite uno de nuestros Centros Head Start o haga clic aquí para completar una solicitud en línea.

To apply, you must show:


  • Proof of income for the past 12 months (1040 tax form or W2s)

  • Proof of residence

  • Child's birth certificate/proof of birth

  • Parent/guardian identification

  • Child's shot record

  • Child's health insurance card 

  • Completed application

Contact Us:

Click here to contact us by email or call one of the below numbers.

Northeast Regional Office

1901 Woodsprings Rd., Jonesboro, AR 72401

(870) 931-1172

Northwest Regional Office

2308 SE 28th Street, Bentonville, AR 72712

(479) 319-6333

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