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Head Start Preschool and Child Care Program


What is Head Start?

Head Start is a comprehensive child development program which serves children age 3 to 5 and their families. Individualized services are provided in the areas of early childhood education and development; medical, dental and mental health, nutrition and parent involvement.

TRI-CAP Head Start is funded to serve 193 age and income eligible preschool children and their families. These children are served in 5 centers (Jasper, Petersburg, Boonville, Newburgh, and Tennyson) and offer a variety of program models in order to meet family needs.

Head Start classes are being provided Monday through Friday, 4 hours a day in the morning and is free. Child care is provided in the afternoon if needed at the following sites:  Jasper, Boonville, and Newburgh.  There is a fee required for the child care portion.  TRI CAP does accept child care vouchers for the afternoon child care sessions.

There are now many options to how you can sign up your child. We accept applications all year, so be sure to get yours in!

  1. Print an application and mail or drop it off at one of our offices in Jasper, Petersburg, or Boonville.   For 2019 – 2020 : 2019 – 20 cover letter ;2019-2020 Part 1 of Child Application
  2. To view the application in Spanish, please click to view 2018 – 2019 application in Spanish, please click on 2019-2020 cover letter Spanish;2019-2020 Part 1 of Child Application Spanish
  3. You may also pick up applications or call any of the offices and we can mail you an application.
  4. For your convenience you can now submit your child’s application online. Click on the following link and when you have completed all of the information, submit the application.  Once it is completed, one of the Head Start staff will contact you..

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Spanish version:



TRI-CAP participates in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) for meal reimbursement. Children receive breakfast and/or lunch and snacks each day the classrooms are in session.

Click this link to view the 2015-2016 Head Start annual report

Click this link to view the End of Year 2016 – 2017 Education Outcomes Report Final or the End of Year School Readiness and Education Outcome 2012-2013 in Spanish.


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