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 257 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.
The Early Intervention program provides services to eligible young children ages three to age of beginner through an agreement with the Department of Education. Preschool children are eligible for early intervention services that exhibit a developmental delay of 25 percent or a disability and require specially designed instruction.