Office of Early Childhood services
The Office of Early Childhood Services administers Early Intervention and Preschool services. Preschool services include the federally-funded Head Start program and the state-funded Pre-K Counts program.
Head Start is a free preschool program which promotes school-readiness of young children from low-income families. Head Start programs support the mental, social, and emotional development of children from ages 3 to 5. In addition to education services, programs provide children and their families with health, nutrition, social, and other services.
The Pre-K Counts program delivers high-quality pre-kindergarten programs to age-appropriate children at no cost to income-eligible families in Montgomery County. Children must be between age three and the entry age for kindergarten and living in families earning up to 300 percent of the poverty level.