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County offices closed May 27th

Macomb County offices will be closed on Monday, May 27th in observance of Memorial Day. Online services are available 24/7.

Macomb Community Action

Head Start 0-5 early education

Head Start partners with each child's family to promote school readiness and provide a wide range of services, at no cost, to income-eligible families.

An integrative approach focused on:

  • Research based curriculum
  • Early literacy
  • Individualized early childhood education
  • Services for pregnant women
  • Parent engagement and family goal setting
  • Oral, nutrition and physical health
  • Mental health and disability support
  • Services for dual-language learners

Early Head Start, 0-3

  • Year-round services for pregnant women, infants and toddlers, up to age 3
  • Child care center classrooms
  • Family child care home providers
  • Home visiting model

Head Start Preschool, 3-5

  • School year services 
  • Great Start Readiness Program blended services

Online Head Start application - click here

See the below list of documentation requirements for online application. You can submit these documents at the end of your online application or it can be sent at a later time after a Head Start staff member contacts you to discuss your application.

Documents required for application

  • Last year's W2 or tax return

  • Most recent pay stubs from all income sources

  • Proof of cash assistance (if applicable)

  • Child support (if applicable)

  • Proof of SSI (if applicable)

  • Proof of SNAP benefits (if applicable)

NOTE: If you are applying for a foster child, submit the paperwork for foster placement in lieu of the above list of income documents.

Other documents required

  • Birth certificate or green card for child applying

  • Proof of residency (utility bill, drivers license)

  • Child's IFSP / IEP (if applicable)

  • Proof of parent/guardian school credit hours and/or work hours (if requested from a Head Start staff member)

For ages 0 - 3 applying for a center based or family child care placement:  We will require your decision letter or proof that you have applied for CDC (Child Development and Care) through the State of Michigan, if applicable.

Eligibility requirement touchpoints 

Availability

  • Applications are being accepted year-round for pregnant women, infants, toddlers and preschoolers for all Macomb County communities.

Resources

Parents’ Policy Council meeting minutes

  • The Parent Policy Council is the formal structure by which Head Start parents, as elected representatives can work cooperatively with staff to design policy, provide leadership and assist in establishing and monitoring the long-term direction of the Head Start Program.  The Parent Policy Council consists of elected parent representatives from the classrooms/homes and Community Representatives from outside agencies.

Helpful links and articles

Phone: 586-469-5215

If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired, you may wish to utilize the Michigan Relay Service by calling 7-1-1 for assistance in placing a call to Macomb Community Action.

Fax: 586-493-5753

Mail/in-person:

Macomb Community Action

21885 Dunham Road, Suite 10

Clinton Township, MI 48036

Email: mcaheadstart@macombgov.org

When emailing questions regarding services, please include your name, phone number or other contact information, and city of residence. This helps us to serve you more efficiently.