Are You Eligible?

Eligibility is generally based on family income at or below the poverty level according to the Poverty Guidelines published by the federal government. A family may also be eligible due to homelessness, disability or foster care/relative care.

 To request an application call 763-783-4314 or download below.


Download Head Start-Early Head Start Application below, application can be submitted through email by following these steps. 


  1. Open desired application in Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge
  2. Fill in application
  3. When completed, download/save the form onto your computer
  4. Attach it to an email and send it to

English Application

Spanish Application

Arabic Application

Applications can also be printed out and physically sent via fax and mail to:

  • Fax: 763-783-4333
  • Mail: 9574 Foley Blvd, Coon Rapids, MN 55433

Applications can also be dropped off in the locked drop-off box outside the entrances at the Family Development Center. The Family Development Center is located at 9574 Foley Blvd, Coon Rapids, MN 55433. 


Call our Enrollment Hotline: 763-783-4314

Spanish: 763-783-4305

If you are needing an application in a different language other than English, Spanish or Arabic, please call our Enrollment Hotline.


Please include 12 months proof(s) of income:

o Public Assistance – Provide 12 months of CASH benefits (MFIP/DWP)
o Foster Care/Kinship/Relative Care – Provide placement letter or other documentation as requested
o Supplemental Security Income (SSI) – Provide award letter
o Homeless – Provide 3rd party verification

Per the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, the term “homeless children and youth” –

  • means individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence…; and
  • includes –
  • children and youths who are sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason; are living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to the lack of alternative accommodations; are living in emergency or transitional shelters; are abandoned in hospitals; or are awaiting foster care placement;
  • children and youths who have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings…
  • children and youths who are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings; and
  • migratory children who qualify as homeless for the purposes of this subtitle because the children are living in circumstances described in clauses (i) through (iii).

o Income Tax Return or W2 – Provide a copy of the most recent year (all W2s from the previous year)

o Pay Stubs – Provide the last 12 months
o Unemployment – Provide the last 12 months of Unemployment benefits

  • Please send a detailed weekly payment printout instead of your 1099-G if possible

o Child Support/Alimony– Provide the last 12 months of payments from all sources
o Social Security/Pension/Veteran’s Benefits/Disability – Provide 12 months of payments
o Self-Employment – Provide 12 months of documentation

o No Financial Resources – Provide a personal, written letter that is signed and dated from each adult who is supporting the applicant, stating they have no income & explain how the family is being supported 


*If applying for the Early Head Start Child Care Partnership program, please also include a copy of your most recent Child Care Assistance letter of decision or Pathways 1 Scholarship. 

The application process can take up to 4 weeks after all necessary documents are received and an interview with the parent/guardian has been completed. Completing an application does not guarantee placement in the program. Once your application is processed, you will receive a letter notifying you of your eligibility.


Thank you for applying.