Early Head Start

We are committed to providing children a safe, caring and education-rich environment that enhances each child’s development, and prepares them for success in school and life. Together we stand in partnership with each family to help them reach self-sufficiency by meeting their individual needs, as well as supporting them to achieve their fullest potential for lifelong success.

Early Head Start at CSA is expanding!  

CSA is a federally-funded, non-profit organization providing FREE infant & toddler care and preschool services to low-income children and families.  Our programs are designed to promote school readiness for children in a positive learning environment through a variety of services, which include:

  • High-quality, comprehensive early learning experiences to prepare children for school and beyond
  • Parent involvement opportunities in the classroom, program planning and parent committees
  • Parental supports and learning opportunities
  • Connecting parents and children to other services and resources in the community
  • Vision, hearing and dental screenings for enrolled children including other health, mental health, and nutrition services
  • Prenatal services and more!

Why choose Early Head Start

Access to early education services is one of the earliest and most crucial ways to give young children the tools they need to succeed in school and in life. Our mission is to provide individualized learning experiences through play in a structured, clean, and safe environment. Learning opportunities for children are fun and engaging and enhance social-emotional development, cognitive development, science, math, language, early reading skills, art, and physical development.

2020 Early Childhood Education Annual Report

Early Head Start Infant & Toddler Program

About this program
  • Serves the youngest babies up until the child's third birthday when the child's eligible for Head Start Pre-school
  • Provides full day, year-round care
  • Requires parents/guardians in the home to be working, training, and/or going to school
  • Early Head Start operates year round 

Program Hours

EHS Program Hours are: All program locations operate 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday through Thursday and 8:00 AM to Noon on Friday.

Program Locations
Carson City 288 E Winnie Lane, Suite 288-298, Carson City 89706
Destiny Reno 
790 Sutro Street, Reno 89512
Sun Valley 115 W 6th Avenue, Sun Valley 89433


  • Families who are low income qualifying at or below current federal poverty guidelines
  • Families receiving public assistance such as TANF or SSI cash aid
  • Children and pregnant youth in foster care
  • Families who are without stable housing due to financial/economic hardship, loss of employment/income, or other key matters
  • Families are encouraged to apply, and may be eligible, if family income has significantly changed
  • Children with special needs and/or disabilities are prioritized for enrollment and are encouraged to apply regardless of family income

Head Start programs have a very small number of slots that can be used for children whose family income is higher than poverty level. If you are not sure you would qualify, please don’t hesitate to contact us at (775) 786-6023 or e-mail us at enrollment@csareno.org. Friendly staff are available to go over eligibility with you and we welcome all opportunities to help determine eligibility for services.

How to Apply

We accept applications year-round and it is always a good time to apply! We have both online applications and paper applications; you do not need to do both! Please select the option that works best for you.
Online Application

To apply for services, you can complete the process online without printing any forms.

If you have applied for our program previously, please DO NOT complete a new online application. Click Here to apply. 

Paper Application

If you cannot complete the online application, you can PRINT the paper application and turn it in the following ways:

  • Bring to our main office at 1100 E 8th Street, Reno NV 89512 Regular office hours: 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday Office hours may be modified due to COVID-19 and we recommend you contact us at (775) 786-6023 to set up an appointment
  • A Mail to CSHead Start Enrollment, PO Box 10167, Reno NV 89510-0167

If you are submitting documents by mail or dropping them off to the office, please be aware we need only copies and DO NOT recommend you submit originals. We are not responsible for original documentation submitted in error.