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Register now for MPS Head Start for Fall 2022

Register now for MPS Head Start for Fall 2022If your child is 3 or 4 years old, it’s time for their learning journey to begin! Children who attend preschool, Head Start, or an early learning program are more prepared for kindergarten and are more successful in school. Help your child succeed—register for MPS Head Start now!

Head Start is a free program that helps children develop early reading and math skills. Children learn to work with a teacher and take part in activities to explore their world. Head Start also offers health screenings, family supports, and free breakfast and lunch on school days.

MPS offers half-day and full-day Head Start programs at 35 sites. Some schools offer a bilingual (English/Spanish) program. Before- and after-school care and transportation are available.

Families must meet income limits to qualify. Children with special needs receive priority for seats. Children in foster/kinship care are automatically accepted. Speak with a Head Start staff member to find out what options are available for your child.

3-year-old Head Start or Kindergarten: Programs are available at some schools. Children must turn 3 by September 1 to be eligible.
4-year-old Head Start or Kindergarten: Programs are available at most schools across the district. Children must turn 4 by September 1 to be eligible.

When registering, please bring the following documents:

  • Proof of income such as a W2 tax form or 1040 tax form, check stub, SSI, TANF, or SNAP letter, or foster care/kinship placement letter
  • Proof of child's date of birth – birth certificate or medical record with date of birth listed
  • Proof of address to prove residency in the city of Milwaukee such as a utility bill, driver license, or state-issued ID card

Summer In-Person Registration

MPS Central Services
5225 W. Vliet St., Milwaukee, WI 53208
Mondays, 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

Grant Gordon Learning Center
921 W. Meinecke Ave. (Enter on 10th and Meinecke)
Milwaukee, WI 53206
(414) 252-0350
Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Year-Round Registration

Visit the Grant Gordon Learning Center from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Enter Door 5 on 10th Street to receive a folder of forms. Fill out the forms off site or in your car, then drop forms in the dropbox.

For questions or to schedule an appointment to register, call the MPS Head Start Office located in the Grant Gordon Learning Center.

921 W. Meinecke Ave. (Enter on 10th and Meinecke)
Milwaukee, WI 53206
(414) 252-0350

Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

For more information and to view schools offering Head Start, visit



Nicole Armendariz, Director of Communications & Outreach
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