The Berks County Head Start program is a comprehensive preschool program free of charge to qualifying families. The Berks County Head Start program services children ages three years through five years old. In order to qualify, families must meet the income guidelines established by the federal government. A families income must not exceed 100% of the federal poverty rate.

The Berks County Head Start program serves 695 children, located across 17 sites. All attempts are made to enroll children in locations close to their homes. Head Start services include:  school readiness development, parent engagement, social services, health/nutrition services, mental and behavioral health supports, supports for children with disabilities.


To enroll your child you can download the application through the link below or contact the Head Start Program at 610-987-8236 o para información en español llame al 610-987-8237.

Click here to download the Head Start Application.

Return your completed application along with a current copy of your child’s immunization record, physical, and dental exam. Please also include evidence of your previous year’s income. Submitting the required documents will expedite your enrollment process. Return your completed application to:

BCIU Head Start
Attn: Juli Schaeffer
P.O. Box 16050
Reading, PA 19612-6050


Fax: 610-987-8547, Attn: Juli Schaeffer

For further information regarding the Berks County Head Start Program, click on the link below to view the most current annual report:

View the 2016 Berks County Head Start Annual Report

For enrollment information contact:
Isabel Henao- 610-987-8237- (Se Habla Español)
Juli Schaeffer – 610-987-8236-

contact: Mandy Gerhard, Program Administrator – 610-987-8453-