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Head Start

506 Martin Luther King Drive      DeRidder, LA 70634        (337) 463-5905

Welcome to Beauregard Parish Head Start!


Jane Hamilton/Head Start Administrator

What is Head Start?

Beauregard Parish Head Start is a child development program for children from age 3 to 4 years old.  Head Start provides services to promote academic, social, and emotional development, as well as providing social, health, and nutrition services for children and families.

Head Start has been, and continues to be, a model early childhood program for young children and their families. The latest research reveals that a child is more likely to succeed in school and in life when their parent or guardian is involved in his/her education. We are committed to providing a variety of opportunities for you to become further involved with your child’s education and our program.

Our curriculum is Creative Curriculum, a research based curriculum that is aligned with Head Start Early Learning Framework, Core Curriculum, and Classroom Assessment Scoring System. It is a developmentally appropriate approach to learning that is child-initiated and builds your child’s self-esteem, early reading, writing, math, and problem-solving skills. The Louisiana Department of Education has rated the Creative Curriculum as a Tier 1 curriculum.

"TIER 1 - EXEMPLIFIES QUALITY: Meets all non-negotiable criteria and scored the best possible on all indicators of superior quality."

The Mission of Beauregard Parish Head Start is to promote the school readiness of young children by enhancing their cognitive, social, and emotional development and physical growth through a safe, developmentally appropriate, nurturing environment, as well as a positive self-image and a love of learning.

Is My Child Eligible?

Children who are 3 and 4 years old and meet certain requirements are eligible for Head Start services.  Children and families who are homeless, in foster care, or receive TANF, SNAP, or SSI are eligible for services.  Families may also be eligible if it is determined that the family’s income meets the federal guidelines.  

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Click here to see Beauregard Parish Head Start Annual Report


2023 Lead Sampling Report for schools:
Click school for a detailed report

K. R. Hanchey

South Beauregard Elementary

We are currently taking applications

for the 2023-2024 & 2024-25 school year!

For Children 3 and 4 years old by September 30, 2024!

Head Start is provided at the following schools: 

K.R. Hanchey Elementary School 
     South Beauregard Elementary School

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Click here to complete an online application

In the application please select Beauregard Parish Head Start! 

If help is needed with the application, please watch the video below!



The following documents are required with the application:Head Start Kids


  • Birth certificate
  • Child’s social security card
  • Current and up-to-date immunization record
  • Driver’s license/photo ID of parent or guardian
  • Proof of residency in the school district
    Click here for a list of approved documents.
  • Proof of income for each adult in the household
    Click here for a list of approved documents.

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Intake forms for registered Head Start children:




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As directed by Louisiana’s Early Childhood Education Act, Beauregard Parish has worked together to create a unified system of high quality, publicly-funded options to families to ensure more children enter school kindergarten ready. This network is a local early childhood community network that includes every public Pre-Kindergarten, Child Care, and Head Start program within the parish.

The state coordinates these community networks by designating a Lead Agency for each community to coordinate essential activities, specifically observations and enrollment. The Lead Agency also serves as fiscal agent.

  • Conduct administrative functions for the community network.
  • Coordinate CLASS observations assuring that accurate observations are conducted for all Toddler and Pre-K classrooms and that feedback is provided to all programs.
  • Coordinate the birth-to-age-five enrollment and the state funding application for the community network.