Helpful Information

What you need to know about our Child Care Programs

In Need of Emergency Child Care

Eligibility Requirements

Crisis Child Care

The Crisis Child Care Program and/or Respite Care are available free of charge to families in Linn and Benton Counties, regardless of income. Parents voluntarily place their children and retain all parental rights. Parents are encouraged to self-refer, and referrals are also accepted from all public and private agencies.

  • Linn and Benton County families with children ages newborn through fourteen may be eligible for care.
  • All care is dependent on the availability of providers.

Head Start

The Head Start and Early Head Start Programs use a variety of weighted criteria to determine eligibility. Please call us at 211 or 319-739-4211 to have a biological parent or a guardian arrange an application appointment. Some of the selection criteria include the following:

  • Family income is at or below 100% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. Income is based on the past twelve months of income or the most recent tax return.
  • Families who are currently receiving TANF services or benefits automatically meet the income eligibility guidelines.
  • For Head Start services, the child must be three-years old by the public school cut-off date of September 15th.
  • For center-based Early Head Start Services, the child must be 18 months old at enrollment.
  • For home-based Early Head Start the applicant must be 0-3 years old or a pregnant mother upon enrollment.
  • Head Start/Early Head Start also serves children with documented disabilities, regardless of income.

Newsletter - July - Dec 2016

Newsletter - January - June 2016

Head Start Annual Report 2015/2016