Head Start

Reaching Children and Their Families


The Partnership for Community Action, Inc. Head Start/Early Head Start Program is a federally funded program that serves low-income children and their families in DeKalb, Atlanta/DeKalb, and Rockdale counties. The Program provides critical developmental, education and health services to pregnant women, disadvantaged children from birth to five, and their families to improve their long-term school and employment prospects.  The Programs include a strong social services and parent involvement focus. Parents are trained to work and interact effectively with their children, their families and within their community.  The overall goal of Head Start/Early Head Start is to improve the school readiness of children and to move low-income families closer to self-sufficiency.  The Head Start Program employs qualified parents and residents from the communities served. For registration information, please call 404.929.2503.


Preschool Head Start (children 3-5)


Currently, we serve 1,043 three, four, and five year old children in our Preschool Head Start Program.  We provide services for children and their families through the following service areas: education, nutrition, health, social services, disabilities, family and community partnerships, and parent involvement. All of the staff members working in these service areas plan and work together to provide quality and comprehensive services to the children and to their families.


Head Start classes operate five days per week (except during holidays or on Staff Development Days), 6.5 hours per day, nine months a year. Transportation is provided in certain areas and seating is based on availability.


Early Head Start


We serve 104 infants and toddlers and 16 pregnant mothers at three sites.


A full complement of prenatal and social services is tracked to ensure the birth of healthy babies who then enter the Early Head Start Child Development Centers.


The overall goal of Early Head Start is to help young children become ready to learn and to move low-income families closer to self-sufficiency. Transportation is not available.




Pre-K (Rockdale and DeKalb Counties) provides a full day (6.5 hours) of instructional services five days per week for 36 weeks (180 days) per year of appropriate educational/instructional services to eligible four-year-old children. Families must meet Head Start’s eligibility requirements. Children must be four years of age by September 1. Children are eligible to attend Pre-K for one year only.


Head Start/Early Head Start Registration


Preschool children must turn four or five by September 1 or turn three years old before September 1. Early Head Start serves pregnant women, infants and toddlers birth to three.


Registration is taken at the center where your child will attend. Please see the Head Start center locations list and contact the appropriate center.


What You Need to Bring:

  • Child’s Birth Certificate

  • Proof of Income for the last 12 months – W-2 or 1040 forms, salary stubs, or documentation of Unemployment, Public Assistance, SSI 1099, Child Support

  • Shot records (with HIB)

  • Form 3231 (Replaced the Gold Certificate)

  • Medicaid Card (if eligible), Peach Care (if eligible), Private Insurance

  • Documentation of special needs or disability as determined by Babies Can’t Wait Early Intervention Program for infants and toddlers 0-3, or documentation of disability or special need for 3-5 year olds.

  • We will help refugee or immigrant families without birth certificates or Social Security cards to get substitute documentation.

Contact a center near you.



Department/Managers Phone Numbers


Early Child Development & Health Services Manager


Extended Day Services


Family and Community Partnership Manager


Head Start/Early Head Start Director


Head Start Executive Secretary


Head Start