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.

Why choose 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

Head Start Preschool Program

About this program
  • Serves children ages 3 to 5 years old (children are eligible to begin attending on the 3rd birthday)
  • Three different session options are available (half-day, extended day and full day)
  • Full day session requires parents/guardians in the home to be working, training, and/or going to school
  • Meals provided for all students
  • Head Start operates from September to June
  • Distance learning options are available
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Program Locations & Hours
Agnes Risley 1960 Sullivan Lane, 
Sparks 89431
Morning half-day session: 8:00 AM to 11:30 AM, Monday through Thursday 
Afternoon half-day session: 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM, Monday through Thursday
Bernice Mathews 2700 Elementary Dive, 
Reno 89512
Extended day session: 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Monday through Friday 
Full day session: 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday through Thursday 
Must be Age 4 as of September 30th.
Cottonwood Fernley 915 Farm District Road, 
Fernley 89408
Morning half-day session: 8:00 AM to 11:30 AM, Monday through Thursday 
Afternoon half-day session: 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM, Monday through Thursday
Desert Heights 5310 Echo Avenue, 
Reno 89506
Extended day session: 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Monday through Friday
Echo Loder 650 Apple Street, 
Reno 89502
Extended day session: 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Monday through Friday
Smithridge 4950 Filbert Road, 
Reno 89502
Morning half-day session: 8:00 AM to 11:30 AM, Monday through Thursday 
Afternoon half-day session: 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM, Monday through Thursday
Sutro 1100 E 8th Street, 
Reno 89512
Morning half-day session: 8:00 AM to 11:30 AM, Monday through Thursday 
Afternoon half-day session: 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM, Monday through Thursday 
Extended day session: 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Monday through Friday
Vassar HUCs 2405 Vassar Street, 
Reno 89502
Extended day session: 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Monday through Friday
Wooster 1950 Villanova Drive, 
Reno 89502
Extended day session: 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Monday through Friday

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WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR SERVICES?


  • 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
  • Fax to 1 (775) 333-8684 Attn: Enrollment (don’t forget the “1 (775)” when faxing!)
  • Scan and e-mail to enrollment@csareno.org

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.

MAKE A TREMENDOUS DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF THOSE LESS FORTUNATE.