Academic Success Starts with a Quality Early Childhood Education

Y Head Start offers qualifying families a safe, high quality program for young children. Our program offers educational, health, nutrition, and comprehensive services at no cost to parents. Our main objective is to prepare young, economically disadvantaged children and their families for success in school and life. 

Y in Central Maryland offers Head Start in Anne Arundel County, Baltimore City and Baltimore County in over 40 Head Start and Early Head Start centers. Our programs are licensed by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) Office of Child Care.

The health and safety of our children and families is our number one priority. We work closely with MSDE, the health department, and local school systems regarding health and safety protocols as we return to in-person and/or hybrid learning.

Y Head Start also participates in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) program. Click to see the CACFP non-discrimination statement.

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Registration for our Y Head Start program is open! 

TO GET STARTED: Select your region from the blue menu bar above or click a button below to see what Head Start programs and locations are available in your area, then complete the pre-application form (or interest form). A member of our team will contact you for additional information and to confirm eligibility.

To help determine if your family meets or exceeds the eligible income levels for participation in Head Start, please USE THIS CHART.

What Parents Are Saying

 Mofeoluwasi says...

"The teachers are phenomenal and exceptional. Very patient with the kids and very dedicated to their jobs. My Y experience has afforded my little ones to learn faster than I imagined."


 Bishop says...

"I love it! Four of my little ones started in Early Head Start and my kids really learned so much. I would let everyone know to start there children in Early Head Start."


 Ja'Maiz says...

"Everyone is kind hearted, loving and very respectful. I'm glad to have excellent teachers who love their job and enjoy seeing and teaching kids everyday. Thank you all for the excellent job that you do."

 Tai'merah says...

"I love that the Head Start preschool has been teaching and preparing my child for elementary school even during the pandemic. They will reach out to check on not only my child, but the whole family. I would highly recommend the Y program."


 Nehemiah says...

"I like the fact that my child is learning more. He learns not just alphabets and numbers but about different places and people."


 Morgan says...

"I was able to volunteer for a leadership position and take classes to better my life."