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Eligibility

Eligibility for Spokane Head Start/ECEAP/Early Head Start

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Age

Early Head Start
Pregnant moms
Infants and toddlers - birth to 3 years old

ECEAP and Head Start
Preschool age - 3 to 4 years old by August 31

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Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and EBT

Children in families receiving SNAP (EBT) benefits are eligible for Early Head Start and Head Start.

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Income

We serve children from families with low income, according to the Poverty Guidelines published by the federal government. 

ECEAP accepts families at or below 110% of the federal poverty level, while Head Start and Early Head Start accept families at or below 130% of the federal poverty level. Priority is given to families 100% and below. 

 
Head Start / EHS / ECEAP Income Guidelines 2022
Family Size
Head Start / EHS Eligible 100% Poverty Level
Head Start / EHS 130% Poverty Level
ECEAP Eligible 110% Poverty Level
1
$13,590
$17,667
$14,949
2
$18,310
$23,803
$20,141
3
$23,030
$29,939
$25,333
4
$27,750
$36,075
$30,525
5
$32,470
$42,211 $35,717
6
$37,190
$48,347
$40,909
7
$41,910
$54,483
$46,101
8
$46,630
$60,619
$51,293
For each additional person add
$4,720
$6,136 $5,192
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Other Circumstances

Children in foster care, homeless, and children from families receiving public assistance (TANF or SSI) are categorically eligible.

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What Else Should I Know?

These are only a few of the factors that determine eligibility. For more information, contact the location nearest you.