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Register your child for MPS Head Start

 Head Start at ObamaIf 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.

For questions or to register, call or visit the MPS Head Start Enrollment Office located in the Grant Gordon Learning Center. No appointments are needed.

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

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Nicole Armendariz, Director of Communications & Outreach
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Milwaukee Public Schools is committed to accelerating student achievement, building positive relationships between youth and adults and cultivating leadership at all levels. The district’s commitment to improvement continues to show results:

  • Ninety percent of 2019-20 budget dollars go directly to classrooms;
  • The MPS Class of 2018 earned $86.2 million in scholarships; and
  • MPS is home to five of the state and nation's top high schools according to U.S. News and World Report.

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