Children & Family Services

Our Early Childhood Education programs are FREE and applications can be completed year round. Our Early Childhood programs for children, birth to 5, include Head Start, Early Head Start, and Pre-K Counts. These programs support parent and family engagement, optimal child growth and development, and school readiness. To qualify for these programs, families must be residents of Westmoreland County, have children 0-5 years of age, and must meet income guidelines. You may qualify if you make less than the 100% column for your family size on the 2021 Federal Poverty Guidelines. Download the guidelines and compare your income to the 100% column for Head Start and the 300% column for Pre-K Counts. See additional information at the bottom of the page for Pre-K Counts programs.

To learn more about Head Start, Early Head Start, and Pre-K Counts, please view the Comcast commercial below. Video produced by Striped Shirt Media.

To see a Directory of our Head Start and Pre-K Counts locations, please click here.

To see a Map of our Head Start and Pre-K Counts locations, please click here.


Enrollment Application

Click here to fill out our online enrollment application for Head Start/Early Head Start/Pre-K Counts.

If within the past 2 years you have applied to Early Head Start, Head Start, or the Pre-K Counts Program, there is NO NEED to complete a new application. Instead, please call 724-834-1260 (ext. 4121) and your application will be updated and activated for possible enrollment opportunities.


Complete the 2020/2021 Head Start Community Needs Assessment Here!

Do you have at least one child age 0 to 5? Or are you currently pregnant? Then you’d be perfect to take our Community Needs Assessment survey! You don’t have to be enrolled in Head Start, Early Head Start, or Pre-K Counts to participate.

Please know that your answers will be kept confidential. Just make sure you don’t fill out the survey more than once!

When you’re ready, simply click on this link and you will be taken to the online survey. Thank you in advance for participating!


Programs:

Head Start
Westmoreland Community Action's Head Start program is part of the Pennsylvania Head Start Association. Check out the video above to see all the benefits of enrolling your child in this wonderful program!

The program is FREE and applications can be completed year round.  Head Start serves children, ages 3-5, and their families in both center and home-based program options.  This program provides pre-Kindergarten learning experiences for young children to help prepare them for a smooth transition into Kindergarten.  The overall goal is to promote school readiness.

Comprehensive programming is provided through:
  • Education & Early Childhood Development
  • Family & Community Engagement
  • Health & Nutrition
  • Early Childhood Mental Health & Disabilities
Transportation is not provided.

Center Operations:  Monday through Friday, 6 hours per day

Contact Us
To learn more about Head Start contact headstart@staging.westmorelandca.flywheelsites.com or call 724-834-1260 ext. 4121.


Locations of classrooms:
 
BELLE VERNON Rostraver Elementary School - 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM 300 Crest Avenue Belle Vernon, PA 15012 724-929-8883 ext. 5110 724-834-1260 ext. 4121
DERRY Grandview Elementary School – 8:15 AM to 2:15 PM 188 Recreation Road Derry, PA 15627 724-694-4236 724-834-1260 ext. 4121
DONEGAL Old Donegal Boro School Bldg. – 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM 340 Church Street Donegal, PA 15628 878-214-8000 724-834-1260 ext. 4121
GREENSBURG/ST. PAUL'S 1 St. Paul's – 8:15 AM to 2:15 PM 820 Carbon Road Greensburg, PA 15601 724-834-1260 ext. 4804 724-834-1260 ext. 4121
GREENSBURG/ST. PAUL'S 2 St. Paul's – 8:15 AM to 2:15 PM 820 Carbon Road Greensburg, PA 15601 724-834-1260 ext. 4803 724-834-1260 ext. 4121
GREENSBURG Westmoreland Avenue – 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM 119 Westmoreland Avenue Greensburg, PA 15601 724-834-1260 ext. 4121
GREENSBURG N Main Street – 8:15 AM to 2:15 PM 424 N Main Street Greensburg, PA 15601 724-834-1260 ext. 4121
JEANNETTE 1 McKee Middle School – 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM 1000 Lowry Avenue Jeannette, PA 15644 724-523-6522 x 4211 724-834-1260 ext. 4121
JEANNETTE 2 McKee Middle School – 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM 1000 Lowry Avenue Jeannette, PA 15644 724-523-6522 x 4210 724-834-1260 ext. 4121
KISKI/VANDERGRIFT North Primary School – 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM 1048 School Road Leechburg, PA 15656 878-302-4160 724-834-1260 ext. 4121
LATROBE Trinity Lutheran Church – 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM 331 Weldon Street Latrobe, PA 15650 724-537-0970 724-834-1260 ext. 4121
MONESSEN SCHOOL DISTRICT Monessen Elementary Center – 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM 1275 Rostraver Street Monessen, PA 15062 724-684-7862 724-834-1260 ext. 4121
NEW KENSINGTON 1 1049 Fifth Avenue – 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM New Kensington, PA 15068 724-337-1130 724-834-1260 ext. 4121
NEW KENSINGTON 2 1049 Fifth Avenue – 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM New Kensington, PA 15068 724-337-1130 724-834-1260 ext. 4121
NEW KENSINGTON 3 1049 Fifth Avenue – 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM New Kensington, PA 15068 724-337-1130 724-834-1260 ext. 4121
NORWIN/IRWIN Circleville Methodist Church – 8:45 AM to 2:45 PM 11600 Parkway Drive North Huntingdon, PA 15642 724-863-1353 724-834-1260 ext. 4121
PENN TRAFFORD SCHOOL DISTRICT McCullough Elementary School – 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM 213 Watt Road Jeannette, PA 15644 724-744-7441 Option 5 724-834-1260 ext. 4121
RUFFSDALE 1/SOUTHMORELAND SCHOOL DISTRICT Ruffsdale Elementary School – 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM 842 State Road 31 Ruffsdale, PA 15679 724-925-1148 724-834-1260 ext. 4121
RUFFSDALE 2/SOUTHMORELAND SCHOOL DISTRICT Ruffsdale Elementary School – 8:45 AM to 2:45 PM 842 State Road 31 Ruffsdale, PA 15679 724-925-1148 724-834-1260 ext. 4121
YOUNGWOOD Youngwood – 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM Christ United Methodist Church 100 Lincoln Street Youngwood, PA 15697 724-834-1260 ext. 4121
Homebased Head Start Services
Head Start services are provided in the family's home and at various locations in Westmoreland County.
Early Head Start
The program is FREE and applications can be completed year round.  Early Head Start offers many services to help pregnant women and families with children under the age of three meet the medical, physical, emotional and developmental needs of their infant or toddler.
Early Head Start offers:
  • Parenting education and support
  • Child development assessment
  • Developmentally appropriate activitieskid boy and mother playing together with cup toys
  • Family activities
  • Weekly home-based services
  • Socialization experiences for both parent and child
  • Referrals to community resources
Early Head Start Eligibility
Families must:
  • Be residents of Westmoreland County
  • Must be expecting a baby OR have a child under age 3
  • Meet income eligibility requirements OR have a child with special needs
You may qualify if you make less than the 100% column for your family size on the 2021 Federal Poverty Guidelines.  Download the guidelines and compare your income to the 100% column.
Locations
Early Head Start services are provided in the family's home and at various locations in Westmoreland County.
Contact Us
To learn more about Early Head Start contact headstart@staging.westmorelandca.flywheelsites.com or call 724-834-1260 ext. 4168.
Pre-K Counts
The program is FREE and applications can be completed year round.  Pre-K Counts serves children 3-5 years old. This program provides high quality pre-Kindergarten learning experiences for young children to help prepare them for a smooth transition into Kindergarten.

You may qualify if you make less than the 300% amounts for your family size on the 2021 Federal Poverty Guidelines. Download the guidelines and compare your income to the 300% amounts.

Center Operations:  Monday through Friday, 6 hours per day

Transportation is not provided.
Locations of classrooms:
 
DONEGAL/MT. PLEASANT AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT Old Donegal Boro School Bldg. – 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM 340 Church Street Donegal, PA 15628 878-214-8000 724-834-1260 ext. 4121
HERMINIE/YOUGH SCHOOL DISTRICT H.W. Good Elementary School – 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM 1464 Herminie West Newton Road Herminie, PA 15637 724-446-5503 ext. 5103 724-834-1260 ext. 4121
IRWIN/PENN TRAFFORD SCHOOL DISTRICT Sunrise Estates Elementary School – 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM 171 Sunrise Drive Irwin, PA 15642 724-864-6700 724-834-1260 ext. 4121
JEANNETTE Sacred Heart Church School – 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM 320 N 7th Street Jeannette, PA 15644 724-834-1260 ext. 4121
NORWIN/IRWIN Circleville Methodist Church – 8:45 AM to 2:45 PM 11600 Parkway Drive North Huntingdon, PA 15642 724-863-1353 724-834-1260 ext. 4121
WEST NEWTON/YOUGH SCHOOL DISTRICT West Newton Elementary School – 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM 1208 Vine Street West Newton, PA 15089 724-872-5877 724-834-1260 ext. 4121
 
Contact Us
To learn more about Pre-K Counts contact headstart@staging.westmorelandca.flywheelsites.com or call 724-834-1260 ext. 4121.