Families in Illinois who have been impacted by COVID, e.g., financial hardship from being laid-off, furloughed, employer going out of business, etc. may be eligible to receive financial assistance for the following services: Rental Assistance, Food, Energy Utility Bill Assistance, Water/Sewer Payment, Employment Training/Placement, Financial Management, Temporary Shelter . Visit www.helpillinoisfamilies.com to apply or for more information contact Crosswalk Community Action Agency in West Frankfort at 618-937-3581.
Due to the COVID 19 virus, we will not be holding in person enrollments for 2020-2021 at this time. Enrollment interest for 2020-2021 must be done electronically for now.
The "Enrollment Interest 20-21" form should be completed for new enrollments.
The "All Centers 2020-2021" form should be completed for returning enrollments.
Once completed, just click submit at the bottom and we will forward to staff to be contacting you via email or phone.
SIU Head Start is a program operated by Southern Illinois University Carbondale on a federal grant. The program is designed to serve children three to five years of age from families qualifying for Head Start throughout Jackson and Williamson Counties.
Head Start helps all children succeed by providing a comprehensive program that provides children with activities that help them grow mentally, socially, emotionally and physically.
Head Start recognizes that, as parents, you are the first and most important teachers of your children. We encourage you to participate in our program. We offer opportunities for you to become involved in classroom activities, in developing center programs, and direct involvement in the decision making of program planning and operation. We are hopeful that your experiences in Head Start will enhance your parenting skills and ability to make decisions.