Head Start Preschool

school busRegistration is currently being accepted for the 2017-18 school year. 

Please call the Head Start Office at (757) 229-6417 for more information. 

What is the WJCC Community Action Agency Head Start Program?

Head Start (circle)Head Start is an educational program which prepares children for school and life. Instructors encourage student development in physical, cognitive, language, social and emotional skills. The curriculum is tailored to each child’s individual needs and stages of development. Head Start also provides services in the area of disabilities and behavioral health when needed.

What are the components of a Head Start program? Head Start takes a comprehensive approach to meeting the needs of young children. There are four major components to Head Start:

  • Education: Providing a variety of learning experiences to help children grow intellectually, socially, and emotionally.
  • Health: Providing health services such as immunizations, dental, medical, and mental health, and nutritional services, and early identification of health problems.
  • Parent Involvement: Involving parents in the planning and implementation of activities. Parents serve on policy councils and committees that make administrative decisions; participate in classes and workshops on child development; and volunteer in the program. A key parent component is the All-Star DADS Fatherhood program where fathers strengthen their engagement with their child(ren), become more knowledgeable of early childhood development.
  • Social Services: Provide outreach to families to determine what services they need.
  • Transportation to and from school.

What areas does this program serve?

  • Residents in the City of Williamsburg and James City County
  • Head Start provides center-based services in three locations:
    • Historic Triangle Center – 4 classrooms:
    • Norge Elementary School – 2 classrooms
    • James River Elementary School – 2 classrooms

Children in Head Start classrooms enjoy the best in early childhood education and school readiness for kindergarten. Teachers provide two home visits and two parent conferences. Families receive family support and community resources from their child’s family service advocate.

Is there a cost for this program?
There are no costs to families who qualify for this program?

How can I access this service?
If you meet the requirements for the Head Start or Early Head Start program, please click here for the Head Start Application.

Head Start’s main office is located at 312 Waller Mill Road, Williamsburg, VA 23185 suite 400. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. You may also call the HS Secretary at (757) 229-6417 and she will direct your call accordingly.

Am I eligible for this service?
In order to qualify for Head Start, a potential client must meet the Federal Poverty Guidelines and live within our service area.

Children must be between the ages of three and five years old. Potential clients will be asked to provide other required information. If required the following is necessary:

  1. If you are employed:
    1. Check stub, or
    2. W-2 form, or
    3. Letter on official letterhead from your employer stating the days, hours, and wages per hour that your earn
  2. Proof of any other form of income, such as:
    1. TANF letter from DSS (if applicable)
    2. SSI letter from the Department of Social Services (if applicable)
  3. Verification of birth:
    1. Birth certificate, or
    2. Birth letter from the hospital

WJCC CAA’s Head Start is enrolled in the USDA Food Program. The USDA is an equal opportunity employer and provider.

Community Partnerships and Funding
Head Start partnerships include Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools, Sentara Hospital, Kiwanis of Williamsburg, Lions Club, Williamsburg Methodist Church, FISH,

Funding for Head Start comes from the US Department of Health and Human Services, grants from local and national entities, and private donors also.
Our trained staff helps each family identify their goals and make a plan to reach their family goals. Our families have Head Start staff and services to help them with their challenges.