Family Development Services is the sole provider of Head Start for Marion and Hamilton counties, and we served more than 2,500 children, infants, and pregnant women last year alone. Our services are designed to nourish early childhood development and foster long-term learning and social skills through:

  • Education
  • Comprehensive health services
  • Active family involvement
  • Family support services such as employment counseling, literacy education and crisis intervention

Program details: To be considered for Head Start, children must be 3 or 4 years old on or before September 1st prior to September enrollment AND from families who are at or below the federal poverty income guidelines. Five-year-olds who are not eligible for public kindergarten may also be accepted. Family Development Services also welcomes children with special needs and disabilities. Pregnant mothers or families with children up to 3 years old may be considered for Early Head Start if the family meets federal low-income guidelines and the parent is enrolled in school or employed full time. Family Development Services offers full- and half-day classes and provides bus transportation for half-day classes only. The classes offered at the Goodwin Center are full-day only. To register or for more information, please contact Ms. Le'al at 317.472.6901 or visit www.fds.org