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Reminder: Pre-Kindergarten (Pre-K) Meal Eligibility

" April 1, 2022 - Only pre-k students enrolled in a Head Start and Early Head Start programs qualify as eligible for free meals based on pre-k program enrollment.
April 1, 2022 - To qualify as categorically eligible for meals based on enrollment in a pre-k program, the pre-k student must be enrolled in a Head Start or Early Head Start Program as determined by a list, letter, or form signed by the local program official. Enrollment in any other pre-k program does not qualify as categorically eligible and will require an eligibility determination based on the household application, DC list, or non-pre-k other source categorical eligibility (foster, homeless, or migrant status).

For additional information, please see the Administrator’s Reference Manual (ARM), Section 4, Eligibility at


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Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at:, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by:

1. Mail:
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or
2. Fax: (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or
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