January 14, 2010

UAMS Head Start/Early Head Start to Take Enrollment Applications for the 2010-2011 School Year

LITTLE ROCK – The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Head Start/ Early Head Start program on Jan. 25 will begin accepting applications for the 2010 – 2011 school year, which begins in August.

Head Start and Early Head Start offer health, education and social services to children from low-income families. Early Head Start enrolls infants 6 weeks through 35 months and Head Start enrolls children ages 3 through 4 years.

Enrollment is free, but eligibility is based on federal income guidelines. For example, the annual income for a family of four cannot exceed $22,050.

Applications are available at any of the 20 Head Start centers in Pulaski County. Parents may also register at the Head Start Central Office, 7415 Colonel Glenn in Little Rock between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday-Friday.

To register a child, parents must present:
• Original birth certificate
• Up-to-date immunization record
• Medical insurance, Medicaid, or AR Kids First card
• Child’s Social Security card
• Proof of income for 2009 year (W-2 form(s), 1040 or 1099 tax forms, or VOE, Verification of Earnings)

For more information about Head Start, call 570-5000.

UAMS is the state’s only comprehensive academic health center, with colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Related Professions and Public Health; a graduate school; a 540,000-square-foot hospital; six centers of excellence and a statewide network of regional centers. UAMS has 2,775 students and 748 medical residents. Its centers of excellence include the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, the Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute, the Myeloma Institute for Research and Therapy, the Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, the Psychiatric Research Institute and the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging. It is the state’s largest public employer with more than 10,000 employees, including nearly 1,150 physicians who provide medical care to patients at UAMS, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, the VA Medical Center and UAMS’ Area Health Education Centers throughout the state. Visit www.uams.edu or uamshealth.com.