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.
Migrant Head Start
This federally funded program serves approximately 3,000 migrant children and their families in Stanislaus, Merced, Madera, Contra Costa, San Joaquin, and Santa Cruz Counties. The program serves families whose income meets federal poverty guidelines and who migrate for the purpose of engaging in agricultural employment. An eligible Migrant Head Start family is defined as: a family with children under the age of compulsory school attendance; a qualifying agricultural/residency move during the last 24 months; a family involved in agriculture related work; and at least 50% of the earned family income during the previous 12 months is agricultural related. Program information can be received by calling (209) 238-1800.
Regional Head Start
The Regional Head Start program has a long tradition of delivering comprehensive and high-quality services designed to foster healthy development in low-income children. Regional Head Start grantee and delegate agencies provide a range of individualized services in the areas of education and early childhood development, medical, dental, mental health, nutrition, and parent involvement. In addition, the entire range of Head Start services are responsive and appropriate to each child and family's developmental, ethnic, cultural, linguistic heritage, and experience. Regional Head Start centers are located throughout Stanislaus County. Please call (209) 238-1800 to get information on this program.
Early Head Start
Early Head Start is a federally funded community-based program for low-income families with infants and toddlers and pregnant women. Its mission is simple: to promote healthy prenatal outcomes for pregnant women, enhance the development of very young children, and promote healthy family functioning. EHS evolved out of Head Start's long history of providing services to infants and toddlers through Parent Child Centers, Comprehensive Child Development Centers (CCDPs) and Migrant Head Start programs. Recent advances in the field of infant development make this an especially exciting time to have Head Start formally expand its family to include the provision of Early Head Start services. There currently is one center located in Stanislaus County. To receive information on this program, please call (209) 238-1800.
Further information on all Head Start programs is available at their website.