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Federally-funded head start programs help prepare young children from low-income families, ages birth to five years old, and their parents for the social and educational challenges that young children face as they develop. Each head start program focuses on providing comprehensive services designed to enhance a child's emotional, social, cultural, language, reading, mathematics, science, health and nutrition education.

This head start center locator page contains links to listings of programs offered in the 56 counties in the state of California. Each listings page contains the name, address and contact information for a specific county's available centers. From that page, use additional links to explore individual center facts, application instructions and directions.

Our head start center locator features the number of head start centers per county in parentheses ( ) to the right of the county names. To see a current list of your county's head start centers, click your county's name.

California Head Start Program Centers Listed by Counties

Recently Updated Center in California Head Start Program Database:

W.C.I.C. / Playmate Child Development Center
Sacramento CA 95817-2812
Head Start services are delivered at various early learning centers located throughout Sacramento County. Services are delivered either in a half-day or full-day option. Teachers, Family Service Workers, and Social Workers at the sites are the primary providers of services. Center-based programs are offered in school year and year-round options.
Head Start Child Development Council, Inc.
Stockton CA 95207-5450
The federal Head Start Program provides grants to local public and private non-profit and for-profit agencies to provide comprehensive child development services to economically disadvantaged children and families, with a special focus on helping preschoolers develop the early reading and math skills they need to be successful in school.
Santa Clara County Office of Education
San Jose CA 95131-2304
The Santa Clara County Office of Education is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to provide Head Start services to 2,150 Head Start eligible preschool age children in Santa Clara and San Benito Counties. Head Start centers are located in most cities in the two-county area, including San Jose, Santa Clara, Campbell, Mountain View, Milpitas, Gilroy, and Hollister.
Santa Cruz CA 95060-2126
Head Start has been improving the lives of low-income children and families in Santa Cruz County since 1965 through high-quality, comprehensive child development, and family support services. Head start supports school readiness and promotes healthy families through delivery of education, health, and social services.
Sierra Cascade Family Opportunities
Quincy CA 95971-9678
Head Start is a federally funded program, providing comprehensive services, including preschool, to primarily low-income 3 and 4 year old children. Head Start has been in existence for 42 years providing a safe healthy learning environment, a developmentally appropriate education, and nutritious meals to disadvantaged "at risk" children. Head Start has been in Plumas County, on the fairgrounds, for at least 30 years.
Waterford Unified School District
Waterford CA 95386-9158
The Child/Family Services division of the Stanislaus County Office of Education operates three types of Head Start programs that the Stanislaus County Office of Education operates. Each of these programs is funded through the United States Department of Health & Human Services
Tulare County Office of Education
Visalia CA 93291-9287
Head Start was born, and has survived, with the kind of spirit and determination that strives for a better life for low-income children and their families. It is a national program which provides comprehensive developmental services for America's low-income children ages 3-5 and social services for their families. The more recent Early Head Start provides services for children ages 0-3.
University of Southern California
Los Angeles CA 90089-7706
USC operates five fully licensed Head Start State Preschool child-care and development centers serving children from three to five years of age, as well as an Early Start home-based program for parents, parents-to-be and children from birth to three. Open five days a week, September through June, the centers offer full-day, part-day, twilight and extended-evening programs.
Woodland CA 95776-6128
Welcome to the Yolo County Office of Education Head Start/Early Head Start Program–The Early Childhood Education Department along with our Head Start/Early Head Start program supports early care and education initiatives that provide positive opportunities for early learning experiences for all children that will enable them to become more successful in school and in life. The Yolo County Office of Education Head Stat/Early head Start program is committed to assisting our community to raise children who are healthy and ready to learn.
Yurok Tribe Head Start (AIAN)
Klamath CA 95548-1027
The overall goal of the Yurok Tribe Head Start Program is to develop social competance in the child's everyday life. Social competence involves cultural development, cognitive development, socialization, physical and mental health, and nutritional needs. The program aims to prepare children for the transition to the public school years. Yurok language and culture are also integrated into the curriculum. Eligibility: Early Head Start ages 0 to 2.9 years of age.