Head Start of York County

Head Start of York County

Enrollment is now open for Community Progress Council’s Head Start and Early Head Start programs across York County. Each classroom or home-based visitor provides high-quality pre-school services to children and their families using a research-based program to support intellectual, physical, social and emotional growth.


Head Start is currently enrolling children ages 3-5, and Early Head Start applications are now open for pregnant women, infants and children up to 3 years of age.


Community Progress Council is planning to open its classrooms for IN-PERSON learning, beginning in the fall of 2021. Head Start and Early Head Start are free to enroll for eligible families.


You will need the following information to complete and submit your application:

– Child’s birth certificate

– Child’s medical insurance card

– Proof of address (ex: ID of parent, recent bill, lease)

– Proof of income from the past 12 months (ex: W2s, paystubs, SSI, SSD, TANF, Child Support)

– Child’s most recent physical and vaccination record

– Child’s most recent dental record

– Any legal documentation for the child (ex: custody order)


Head Start classrooms are located in York City, Hanover, Red Lion, Wellsville, East Prospect, York New Haven, Delta and Windsor. Early Head Start is offered in York City. Home-based services are offered throughout the county.




A Message to Applicants:


To ensure a positive experience for enrolled families and children, our program will be offering recurring enrollment dates throughout the fall and will not open all classrooms at once. This will allow children who are starting in the classroom to begin with a cohort of other children and allow the classrooms to gain some routine.  Enrolling in smaller cohorts also allows us to evaluate health and safety practices as we continue to monitor the development of Covid-19.


We anticipate being able to enroll more families and children with start dates in late September, October, and November, as needed.  It is our intent to serve as many children and families as possible in our programs however, we will continue to monitor the pandemic to assure we’re able to do so and maintain the health and safety of all involved.


While Community Progress Council is excited to be bringing back our students for in-person learning this year, we are doing so cautiously as the COVID situation changes week-to-week and our staff is working to keep everyone safe throughout the school year.  CPC continues to take guidance from both the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Pennsylvania Department of Health to make the necessary changes to its operations to keep our facilities, staff, children, and families as safe as possible.


To stay informed about your child’s enrollment status- please use this link and access your application portal: https://cpc.smapply.io/prog/head_startearly_head_start_registration_2021-22_school_year/

Who Qualifies for head Start Services?

Services are offered free of cost to families throughout York County who meet federal income guidelines. Services may also be available for homeless families, foster children and children with disabilities.


View Federal Poverty Income Guidelines

Federal Poverty Income Guidelines


Head Start of York County provides a variety of options and settings including part-day and full-day classrooms and home-based visitation. Head Start also provides dental, hearing, vision and lead testing, as well as developmental screenings. This program serves children with disabilities and engages family advocates who work with parents to enrich their participation, help them understand their child’s development and progress toward their own goals.

Find out more about our parent partnerships and resources.


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History of Head Start of York County

Head Start launched in 1965 as part of President Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty. A key part of the Great Society domestic agenda, the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 authorized programs to help meet the needs of disadvantaged preschool children. In 2015, Head Start celebrated 50 years of service. Its comprehensive offerings have served more than 32 million children since its inception.


Primary Location

226 E. College Ave.
York, PA 17403

Other Locations

Early Head Start and Head Start of York County share 18 classroom locations throughout York County.

View All Locations Here


Questions about Head Start of York County? Contact Community Progress Council today.

717-846-4600 lgould@yorkcpc.org