INSTITUTE FOR HUMAN AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT, INC., a Head Start Program of South San Francisco, CA

1265 Mission Road
South San Francisco CA CA
Contact Phone
(650) 871-2690
While the Head Start preschool program began in the United States in 1965 to address the need for services for low-income children, ages three to five, limited services were available for children under the age of three both at that time and for many years following. To address the need for services for young children, Early Head Start was created in 1994. This program for low-income families with infants and toddlers is available in all 50 states and, like Head Start, provides comprehensive developmental services for children and social services for their families. Early Head Start offers educational, social, medical, dental, nutritional, and mental health services, along with parent involvement activities for families.
Who is Eligible?

Children who are 3 to 5 years old are eligible for Head Start services. Pregnant women and children from birth to 3 years of age are eligible for Early Head Start services. Children and families who are homeless, in foster care, or receive TANF or SSI are also eligible for services. Eligibility is determined by Head Start program staff and some families may be eligible for services if they are determined to be at or below the federal poverty level. Some grantees enroll a percentage of children from families with incomes above the Poverty Guidelines as well.

Families are encouraged to apply.

How to Apply
Enrollment GuidelinesA. Families enrolled in the Head Start Program must meet Federal income guidelinesFederal Income GuidelinesB. A minimum if 10% of Head Start enrollment is reserved for children with certifiable special needs conditions or disabilitiesC. San Mateo County Head Start/Early Head Start enrolls eligible families regardless of race, color, religion and/or disabilityD. Families must be residents of San Mateo County and must provide proof of county residence.EligibilityEligibility for the San Mateo County Head Start Program is based upon receipt and verification of:The Head Start applicationProof of child’s age (preferably Birth Certificate)Proof of income for each adult family memberChild's immunization records including: 3 Polio, 4DTP, 3Hep B, at least 1Hib, and 1MMR given on or after the first birthday
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