Program Overview

As one of the oldest programs offered by the Hinds County Human Resource Agency (HCHRA), Project Head Start has provided quality child development services for preschool children and their families across Hinds County for more than 40 years. Its goal is to equip every child with the academic and social skills needed to enter and master kindergarten, thereby giving children a quality Head Start.

Head Start operates 16 centers throughout Hinds County for more than 2,000 three- and four-year-old children and their families. In coordination with Willowood Developmental Center, children aged three through five receive after-school and full-day summer services at their parent’s expense.

Additional Head Start services include:

  • Disability Services
  • Education
  • Family Literacy
  • Medical and Dental Health
  • Mental Health
  • Nutrition
  • Parent Involvement
  • Social Services
  • Volunteer Services

Program Details:


The program serves three and four-year-old children, with priority given to children at least three years old on or before September 1st. Children from families meeting the age criterion and family income guidelines, and those with a disability are eligible for enrollment. Families who exceed the family income guidelines may apply; however, they will be placed on a waiting list to accommodate families who do.

To apply, please complete the Enrollment Packet. You will also have to present proof of the child’s age, family income, and residency in Hinds County.

Dates and Times:

Applications are taken at any Head Start site between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Program Costs:


Program Information Request Form

If you need more information about this program, please contact 601-923-3940. Also, contact us using the form below—an asterisk (*) denotes a required field.