We are always accepting applications 


We are an income based program that follows the federal poverty guidelines. That being said, we take much more than just income into consideration when processing applications. Some other factors that we consider include: 

  • Social services received (WIC, SNAP, Healthy MT Kids, etc.)

  • Homelessness

  • Foster Care

  • Parent's education level

  • Single/Two parent household

Please reach out for more information, click here to be redirected to our contact information


If you are interested in filling out an application you can reach out to the office in your county. You can also download a PDF application from our website, or submit the fillable application. 

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Federal Poverty Guidelines

(As of 1/1/2021)

Number in Family          Yearly Income

2                                     $17,420

3                                     $21,960

 4                                     $26,500

5                                     $31,040

6                                     $35,580

7                                     $40,120

8                                     $44,660

Add an additional $4,540 for families over

8 people

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Frequently asked questions

Should I still apply if I am over income?

Yes, you should still apply! While we are considered an income based program, we are better described as a needs-based program. The enrollment team takes every family's situation into consideration. Income is not the only factor that goes into determining eligibility.

Does the Missoula location accept children over three years old?

Unfortunately, no we do not accept children over three years of age in Missoula. Missoula Early Head Start is a program for children 0-3 years old. If you have a child over three years old and you are residing within Missoula County, we recommend you contact Child Start for the Head Start in Missoula. You can also contact Child Care Resources, as they are very helpful at finding childcare.