Summit County Head Start and Early Head Start are not stand alone programs.   We work together with a variety of community partners.

Head Start is integrated into eight Summit School District preschool classrooms.  There is one full day classrooms at Dillon Valley Elementary, two full day classrooms at Silverthorne Elementary, two at Upper Blue Elementary and one at Summit Cove Elementary.   Head Start children can also attend Summit County Preschool. 


Head Start children at the School District receive funding through the Colorado Preschool Program (CPP) and the Head Start Grant.  Special needs services are provided through the school district.  Families are encouraged to apply for the Colorado Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP).  Summer wrap care for Head Start families at child care centers is funded through Right Start.

Early Head Start children are seen by Home Visitors or attend Summit County Preschool.  There are three Early Head Start home visitors at FIRC in the Parents as Teachers program that visit families once a week.  Children with special needs are seen through Early Intervention Colorado.  There are also Early Head Start children in Summit County Preschool and Lake Dillon Preschool.

There are many opportunities to learn in Head Start.  Classrooms use the Incredible Years  program and Food Friends to supplement their learning.  Colorado Mountain College provides support with GED, ESL and Family Literacy classes.

Head Start and Early Head Start accept applications year round.  Full day/full year preschool is available for working parents only.  Children with special needs are encouraged to apply.

If your child will be 3 or 4 by October 1, 2017, there will be an on-line application link to apply for school district preschool available from March 1-31st.  We will post this link when available.

All children 0-3 interested in Early Head Start can apply below.  You will be contacted by staff for proof on income and family information.  


If you have questions, call 970-406-3061 or -3069.

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