New Eligibility Changes for Head Start Programs

GISD Announces Eligibility Changes for Head Start Programs
Posted on 04/28/2022
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FLINT – The Genesee Intermediate School District (GISD) is pleased to share the news that changes in eligibility criteria for Head Start programs are now in place. Head Start administrators can now consider Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients as part of the eligibility guidelines. This may make it possible for more children and families in Genesee County to enroll and reap the benefits from early childhood programs offered by the GISD.

According to the director of the Office of Head Start (OHS), OHS has updated its policy, effective immediately, to expand its interpretation of “public assistance” to now include SNAP when determining eligibility. The change is expected to allow Head Start programs to reach more families by expanding the pool of eligible participants while reducing unnecessary administrative burdens for programs and families.

A number of Head Start programs are available throughout Genesee County for children six weeks old up to age five.

“We offer a variety of programs for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, and some are free for families that qualify,” said Latoya Summey, Ed.D., Executive Director of the Center for Countywide Programs. “We know that children who attend a high-quality preschool program before kindergarten are better prepared for school academically, socially, and emotionally. So, this is a very important step.”

Enrollment has already begun for participation in Head Start programs next school year. Interested parents are encouraged to complete the interest form found here to get the process started as soon as possible.

Parents may also call 810-591-KIDS or visit for more information about available early childhood programs in Genesee County.