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Head Start

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Head Start is a national program that provides child development services to  low income children and families.

  • Head Start is a locally operated federally funded program that provides Early Childhood Education services for low income children and families. A special focus is placed on school readiness (literacy and math skills). In addition to early childhood education other services provided by the Urban League Head Start include:
    • Safe, nurturing and family-friendly environment
    • Research-based curriculum geared at ensuring every child enters kindergarten ready to succeed
      Creative Curriculum, 5th Edition)
    • Degreed teachers in Early Childhood Education and/or Child Development
    • Comprehensive services including:  health and dental exams, nutrition assessments, disability and mental health services, sensory and developmental screenings and an array of supportive services provided in-house and by partnering community agencies
    • Eight conveniently located centers along major bus routes
    • Door-to-door transportation for part-day children in our service area
    • Opportunities for intergenerational family involvement
    • Nutritious meals
    • Diversity appreciation and support of varied abilities

The Urban League Head Start Program has been recognized as a Missouri Eat Smart Child Care by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services-Bureau of Community Food and Nutrition Assistance.

  • The Urban League Head Start Program:
    • Serves 667 children (ages 3-5 years old) who reside in the City of St. Louis
    • Provides center-based operations from 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
    • Operates four fully licensed centers (the Urban League Head Start Center in Jennings is fully accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children )
    • Has four child care partners who operate licensed centers in the City of St. Louis


    • Children must reside within the City of St. Louis
    • Children must be 3 years old by July 31st
    • Families must meet the federal income guidelines

    The following documents are needed for enrollment:

    • Child’s Birth Certificate
    • Parent’s Proof of Income
    • Proof of St. Louis City Residency
    • Up-to-Date Shot Record
    • Child’s Social Security Card and Insurance or Medicaid Card
    • Child’s Current Physical and Dental Exam Results

Head Start Locations

Head Start – Jennings – 8964 Jennings Station Road St. Louis, MO 63136 (314) 867-9100

Head Start – Mt. Zion  – 1440 South Compton St. Louis, MO 63104 (314) 773-0733

Head Start – Spring  – 911 North Spring St. Louis, MO 63108 (314) 652-2406

Head Start – MLK  – 1437 Laurel St. Louis, MO 63112 Phone: (314) 389-8800

Head Start – Magnolia – 2725 Alhambra Ct., St. Louis, MO 63118 Phone:  (314) 589-6298

ULHS Childcare Partner  locations

Beginning Futures Learning Center -4981 Thrush Ave.,  St. Louis, MO 63120 (314) 381-8400

Friendly Temple Child Development Center-5508 Dr. Martin Luther King Dr., St. Louis, MO 63112 (314) 367-9600

GSL Developmental Center-4401 Fair, St. Louis, MO 63115 (314) 385-0611

Hilltop Child Development Center-6155 West Florissant, St. Louis, MO 63136 (314) 389-1001

Enrollment Information:

Angela Henderson Brown, ERSA Coordinator, (314) 867-9100 or email, or
Ruby Sims, Parent Involvement Coordinator,   (314) 867-9100 or email

The Head Start program is funded by the US Administration on Children Youth and Families Division of Health and Human Services and administered through the YWCA Metro St. Louis. Program is operated on a non-discriminatory basis.

Head Start Intake Form

2011-12 Urban League Head Start Annual Report

Urban League Head Start School Readiness Plan



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