Enrolling Into Our ProgramsGive your child a Head Start


Your child's path to school readiness.

The Right PathCongratulations on taking the first step to apply to AEL! We offer a high-quality education program for children ages newborn to 5-years-old. We'll help your child develop reading, writing and behavioral skills that will prepare them for kindergarten and school success. We'll also partner with you to help you achieve your parenting, education and career goals. Arkansas Early Learning operates Head Start and Early Head Start programs in ten counties within Arkansas. As a grantee of federal funds we must serve those in order of greatest need. The enrollment questionnaire assists us in making an eligibility determination for your family.

There are two primary types of eligibility for Head Start/Early Head Start: categorical eligibility and income eligibility.

Categorical Eligibility: A child from age zero to age five is categorically eligible for Head Start/Early Head Start if the child/family is homeless or in foster care.

Income Eligibility: A child from age zero to age five is income eligible for Head Start/Early Head Start if the family income is determined to be below the income figures published annually by the federal government as the Poverty Guidelines. Families receiving public assistance (TANF or SSI) are also income eligible for Head Start/Early Head Start. TANF funded programs in Arkansas include TEA, Work Pays, Career Pathways, and Community Investment Initiative programs. In addition to the two primary kinds of eligibility, we may enroll up to 10% of children from families that have incomes above the Poverty Guidelines. Under certain conditions, we may also serve up to an additional 35% of children from families whose incomes are above the Poverty Guidelines.

Please complete this online questionnaire so we can gather information about your child and family to check qualification for enrollment into our program. The process for applying for enrollment is:

1. Click below or come by one of our locations to complete the online Enrollment Questionnaire. AEL has a kiosk available at each location for your convenience.

Enrollment Questionnaire Cuestionario de InscripciĆ³n

2. Scan, take a picture with your phone, fax, or bring in all documents needed to make an eligibility determination. It is important you provide all of the requested information in a timely manner as slots fill quickly. AEL maintains an active waitlist for services.

3. Once you complete the application, you will be scheduled for an interview appointment time to bring any remaining required materials and finalize your application.

4. An AEL Family Services staff member will follow up with you regarding the status of your elibility.



We look forward to partnering with you on building a successful future for your child and family!

Documents Needed


To determine eligibility and to meet federal regulations and state licensing standards, Arkansas Early Learning will request certain documents as needed. If you do not have any of the listed documents we can help you obtain them. Arkansas Early Learning accepts documents via scans to e-mail, readable pictures from phone to e-mail, fax, or delivered in person.

Please Provide:

  • Proof of residency: a document showing your address is within our approved service area (i.e utility bill, lease/mortgage papers, etc).
  • Proof of income: from all family members (tax documents, etc), or proof of no income, TANF, SSI, Foster Status, etc.
  • Proof of birth: a document showing the date of birth for the child applicant.

Will Also Need:

  • Immunization Records: must have within 15 days of entry.
  • Health Insurance Card: if available (i.e. ArKids, Private Insurance, etc).

May need:

  • Disability Documentation: IEP or IFSP documents if aplicable or documents showing suspected disability.
  • Custody or Court Documents: if applicable to your family.
  • Other Documents: as determined by AEL for unique situations.