Head Start and Early Head Start | WAGES Community Action

Head Start and Early Head Start

WAGES Head Start & Early Head Start are quality comprehensive child and family development programs that serve infants and toddlers, preschool children ages three to five and their families. The ultimate goal of WAGES Head Start & Early Head Start is to ensure that children enter kindergarten prepared to succeed and to give parents the tools they need to guarantee their child’s success.

All centers are four and five star rated (click here for details on the rating)Three of our centers are nationally accredited by NAEYC (click to see details). In addition to its focus on early education, WAGES Head Start also provides an array of health, dental, nutritional, and family services. As parental involvement is a strong component of the Head Start philosophy, the program works in partnership with the entire family.

As part of its federal mandate, WAGES Head Start/Early Head Start is required to serve children with disabilities. A minimum of 10% of children enrolled must be diagnosed with a disability.  WAGES proudly serves children with special needs in inclusive, child-centered environments with well trained and nurturing staff.

The program prides itself on being a community leader in the local human service arena so that it can be an advocate for children and families and empower families to be advocates for themselves and their children. Click here for Frequently Asked Questions.

For enrollment information click here.


For a list of Head Start & Early Head Start centers in Wayne County click here.

Head Start/Early Head Start Report to the Community

Current School Calendar:

2021-2022 School Calendar (English and Spanish) (Calendario Escolar Español)


WAGES Community Resource Guide:

Community Resource Guide (English)

Community Resource Guide (Spanish) (Guía de Recursos de la Comunidad Español)


To request a copy of the Resource Guide, please contact Jennifer Dupuis (jennifer@wagesnc.org).



Non-Discrimination Statement: In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice and TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.


Declaración de No-Discriminación: De acuerdo a lo establecido por las leyes Federales y el Departamiento de Agricultura de los EE.UU. (USDA, siglas en inglés), se prohíbe a este organismo la discriminación por raza, color, origen nacional, sexo, edad, o impedimentos de las personas. (No todas las bases de prohibición se aplican a todos los programas.) Para presentar una queja sobre discriminación, escriba a USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 o llame al (202) 720-5964 (voz y TDD). USDA es un proveedor y empleador que ofrece oportunidad igual a todos.


To view WAGES CACFP media release and eligibility guidelines please click here: Media release and income guidelines


WAGES is an equal opportunity employer and provider