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Early Head Start

eServes infant and toddlers ages six weeks to three years. Infants and toddlers can begin to receive Early Head Start services at any point in the year after they are 6 weeks old. (Note: placement is subject to eligibility and slot vacancy.) Early Head Start also provides support for income eligible pregnant women.



Home-Based Program

eThe Early Head Start Home-Based program is offered in Volusia County. This program services pregnant women and families with children up to age 3. Our Home-Based Program is a continuation of the comprehensive services we offer at MFCS. It is a way to offer support, guidance, information, and child development services directly to children and families within their homes. Home visiting is also unique because it offers an opportunity for families to get the support they want in their own homes weekly.


Head Start

eServes children ages three to five years. This program promotes school readiness by enhancing the social, physical, & cognitive development of children.



(All programs are based on income eligibility)


Applications for enrollment will be accepted as follows:e

Hernando and Sumter Counties may call for an appointment at the Hernando or Sumter centers listed here or click here (ENGLISH) or here (Spanish) to begin the process online! 

Volusia County you may call for an appointment at the Volusia centers listed here or click here (English) or here (Spanish) to begin the process online!

If you have already submitted an application online or in person, even if in the previous school year, please do not submit another application. 

Please bring with you the following information to your application appointment:

  • Birth Certificate
  • Proof of residency such as: Florida driver's license, utility bill, I.D., etc. For homeless and foster families, Family Advocates will assist with obtaining proper documentation during the eligibility determination process. 
  • Proof of income  for parent/guardian for the last 12 months or previous calendar year OR current public assistance documentation (SNAP, TANF, SSI)
  • If the child has a disability: IEP, IFSP, diagnosis etc.
  • Proof of custody if applicable

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