Norwescap runs Head Start centers in Hunterdon, Warren, and Sussex counties.
To learn more about Head Start and get information about enrolling your child, contact the center closest to you!
Head Start promotes early childhood education, health, nutrition, mental health, and social services to children and families. The program helps eligible children ages 3-5 prepare to succeed in school by promoting their development through services that support early learning, health, and family well-being.
Our Head Start programs include:
- Free, full-day preschool programs
- Highly qualified, caring, supportive staff
- Health professionals offering guidance to parents regarding the health needs of their children
- Inclusive educational services for children with disabilities
- Parenting classes and supports
- Family advocacy
- Opportunities for parent participation in program planning
- Developmental screenings and assessments
- Developmentally appropriate preschool curriculum
- Free daily nutritional breakfast, lunch and snack for children enrolled in center-based programs
To learn more, please call us at the location nearest to you:
Ringoes – 908-284-4757
Newton – 973-300-4091
Hopatcong – 973-398-4486
Wantage – 973-846-1110
Hackettstown – 908-452-5803
Phillipsburg – 908-213-3422
Washington – 908-689-4668
Income Eligibility Requirements
Families must fall below 100% of the federal poverty guidelines.
Additional Eligibility Requirements
A family can be considered eligible for HS/EHS services if they meet one of the following criteria:
|Criteria||Documentation Needed for Application|
|Temporary Kinship Care or Foster Care||*Temporary Kinship Care or Foster Care |
* Court documentation showing temporary guardianship
|Social Security Disability||Award letter from County Department of Human or Social Services|
|*Homelessness||* Letter from homeless shelter |
* HS/EHS application
|SNAP||Award letter County Department of Human or Social Services|
*The McKinney-Vento Act defines homeless children and youth as individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. This definition also includes: Children and youth who are sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason.
Norwescap Head Start collaborates with local school districts to test for lead in drinking water, pursuant to NJAC 6A:26-12.4. Results from the testing for the 2021-2022 year are available below:
Drinking Water tests
Other Programs that can provide assistance
Early Head Start
Early Head Start promotes early childhood education, health, nutrition, mental health, and social services to families.
Child & Family
Child and Family Resource Services (CFRS) empowers families and the community by enhancing the quality and accessibility of early childhood education, and by providing information and resources to community services that support families and providers.
Norwescap’s Traditions Family Success Center offers programming and services that help families in Warren County succeed and thrive together.