• How to Enroll

    Click the button below to apply for the Kalamazoo RESA Head Start program by filling out the online Kalamazoo County Pre-K application. You can also download a hard copy of the application.
    Apply online


    At least one of the following criteria must be met in order to be eligible for the Head Start program:
    • Family income must be at or below 100% of the federal poverty guideline, or
    • Family is receiving public assistance (TANF or SSI), or
    • Family is homeless, or
    • The child is in foster care, or
    • There is no charge for Head Start Services
    If you need help determining if your child is eligible, please call Head Start at 269-250-9845 or the Head Start location nearest you.


    Applications are accepted year-round from families who meet the eligibility criteria. The Head Start program runs throughout the school year. If classes are full, we will add your child’s name to a waiting list.
    To start the enrollment process, simply visit dreambigstartsmall.org or contact Head Start at 269-250-9845.
    You will need the following documents to complete your application:
    • Proof of income (last year's W-2, TANF, SSI, pay stubs) 
    • Proof of age (birth certificate, or other type of birth record or passport would be acceptable.) For those unable to pay for birth certificates, we have an in-house system available. Information to obtain Kalamazoo County birth certificates is available on the Kalamazoo County Government website.
    • Recent physical (within on year) and dental examination report (within 6 months)
    • Medicaid or insurance card