Head Start

Giving every child the opportunity to succeed.

A free, evidence-based education program for families of children from birth to age 5. Head Start programs are free, federally funded programs designed to promote school readiness for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers from families that meet the income eligibility. Head Start at BakerRipley has three distinct programs.

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Find the Right Fit for you.

Explore our different programs below to find the right option for your family. Our programs allow for enrollment at any point.

Early Head Start serves children from 6 weeks to 3 years of age with programs designed for the unique needs of infants and toddlers to promote physical, cognitive, social and emotional development. Small class sizes of 8 children to 2 teachers, age-specific lessons, centers, outdoor play and nap time provide your child a nurturing, individualized experience. The program runs Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. and all supplies and meals, including breakfast, lunch, snacks, diapers, and formula for infants are provided.

 

Eligibility Requirements:

To enroll in Early Head Start, families must meet income requirements based on national poverty levels. You will also need:

  • Your child’s birth certificate
  • Your child’s current immunization record
  • Parent Identification
  • Proof of address (current lease agreement/utility bill)
  • Proof of household income (tax forms, pay stubs, award/benefit letters, child support, etc.)

Designed for children ages 3 to 5 years old, Head Start at BakerRipley is a comprehensive, school readiness elevation program. Certified teachers guide children through a Pre-K curriculum adopted by the State of Texas, including science, math, literacy, writing, art,  music, and physical activity.  Maximum class size is 20 children with a teacher and a teacher assistant. The program runs Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. and all school supplies and meals, including breakfast, lunch, and snack are provided.

 

Eligibility Requirements:

To enroll in Head Start families must meet income requirements based on national poverty levels. You will also need:

  • Your child’s birth certificate
  • Your child’s current immunization record
  • Parent Identification
  • Proof of address (current lease agreement/ utility bill)
  • Proof of household income (tax forms, pay stubs, award/benefit letters, child support,etc)

Regency Square Home Based is a free school readiness program that serves the entire family. In this program, we empower you, the parent, to be your child’s first teacher. Our 90-minute weekly visits help support you and your child in their growth such as social emotional, language, and cognitive development. During our time together, we offer parent education opportunities, disabilities services, family support, monthly socializations, and referrals services.

 

Eligibility Requirements:

Prenatal women and families whose child(ren) are under the age of 3 are eligible for this program. You must provide the below to qualify:

  • Child’s birth certificate or doctor’s letter confirming mother’s pregnancy.
  • Proof of Harris County residency
  • Income Verification
  • Parent Identification
  • Disability documentation (if applicable)

Applications to the Regency Square Home Based program are year-round. You can visit us at 7207 Regency Square Suite # 130 Houston, TX 77036 or give us a call to get started. All our services are free of charge for those who qualify. Apply now and make a difference in your child’s life.

The BakerRipley Difference

Head Start gives young children the best possible start to life!

Head Start at BakerRipley serves the whole family. We see learning as a lifelong event, and view parents as their child’s first teachers. As part of that vision, we equip parents with tools to help them succeed—including workshops, presentations, and supportive case management.  

So when the first day of kindergarten arrives, your child is ready to succeed—and so are you.

Enrollment is free for eligible families, and applications are accepted throughout the year. Contact us today! For more information or to enroll, call (713) 273-3211. 

Child Development

Children in Early Head Start and Head Start are screened for developmental milestones including speech/language, hearing, vision, growth, and overall advancement so that any concerns can be addressed early. Children already diagnosed with a disability are welcome in the program.  These programs are designed to help your child grow academically, socially and behaviorally so they are ready to succeed!

Parent Engagement

We are focused on helping you engage with and learn alongside your child. Parents are very involved in Head Start and Early Head Start at BakerRipley. Considered their child’s first teachers, parents are welcome anytime to observe, volunteer, participate in leadership roles, or attend workshops and events. At least three times a year, families meet with their family development worker to talk about life and set goals. A program for fathers provides opportunities for dads to make special memories with their children as well.

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