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April 25th Webinar: Adding SNAP Benefits to Head Start Categorical Eligibility


Adding SNAP Benefits to Head Start Categorical Eligibility

Effective immediately, the receipt of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits is included in the definition of “public assistance” when determining Head Start eligibility. This policy change allows Head Start programs to reach families better, minimize the burden on families seeking public assistance, and coordinate benefit programs so that families eligible for one program can more easily participate in other services for which they qualify. Adding SNAP to the categorical eligibility interpretation is essential in addressing any barriers to equitable access to Head Start services for children and families. Office of Head Start has issued ACF-IM-OHS-22-03, which outlines the inclusion of SNAP benefits for Head Start eligibility determinations.
Join this webinar on Monday, April 25 at 2 p.m. ET to hear Office of Head Start (OHS) leadership speak about this policy shift and answer anticipated questions