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Early Head and Head Start Programs

Program Description

Early Head Start:A “no cost to family” comprehensive early education program for low-income pregnant women and infants and toddlers from ages birth to three, including young children with disabilities.  Services may be provided in the home of the family (home-based), a licensed family child care home, and/or a center.  In addition to comprehensive early education services, other services include providing and linking families with health, mental health, disability, nutrition and social services.  Early Head Start has a strong parent involvement component and services specifically designed for pregnant women.

Head Start:A “no cost to family” part-day (3½ hours) or full-day (six plus hours) comprehensive child development program for low-income preschoolers ages three to five years old.  Head Start generally operates from September to June.  Some Head Start programs offer full-day programs that operate from 10 to 12 months.  Children in foster care, families at risk and/or in crisis, homeless families, and children with disabilities receive priority for enrollment.  Additional selection criteria may be used to determine priority for services.  Comprehensive services include providing and linking families with social services, health, mental health, disabilities, and nutrition services.  Head Start also has a strong parent involvement component.

Income Eligibility

Families are eligible for Early Head Start and Head Start Preschool Programs if their families’ income is below the federal poverty level.  Children in foster care, homeless or with families receiving public assistance are automatically eligible regardless of income.  Early Head Start and Head Start Preschool Programs may serve families with incomes up to 130% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) if space is available and the needs of all other eligible children in the community are met. At least 10% of enrollment must include children with disabilities. Table 2 shows the yearly income caps at the federal poverty level and up to 130% of the FPL by the size of the family.

Table 2.  Income Ceilings for Early Head Start and Head Start

Family Size

Family Yearly Income (100% FPL)

Family Yearly Income (130% FPL)

1

$10,830

$14,079

2

$14,570

$18,941

3

$18,310

$23,803

4

$22,050

$28,665

5

$25,790

$33,527

6

$29,530

$38,389

7

$33,270

$43,251

8

$37,010

$48,113

9

$40,750

$52,975

10

$44,490

$57,837

11

$48,230

$62,699

12

$51,970

$67,651

                                            * Based on 2009 Federal Poverty Guidelines

Head Start determines family eligibility based on their annual income; once the family is determined eligible, the child will be considered eligible through the end of the program year and the subsequent program year.  Early Head Start and Head Start Preschool Program services are free. 

How to Connect

There are ten Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (R&Rs) throughout Los Angeles County to provide families with referrals to child care and development programs, including referrals to Early Head Start and Head Start Programs.  Families may call toll-free
1-888-922-4453 to be connected to their local R&R.
 

There are several organizations that operate Early Head Start and Head Start Programs throughout Los Angeles County.  Families may call one of the Programs listed below directly to learn about openings in a program located near their home and whether their family is eligible to enroll or contact the Los Angeles County Office of Education at (877) Pre-K-Kid (773-5543) or visit http://www.PreKKid.org to be connected a program located in the family’s community.  Searches for Early Head Start and Head Start Programs may also be done at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Administration for Children & Families Web site, Early Childhood Learning & Knowledge Center, at http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ohs/.

Early Head Start Programs (birth to three years old)

Baldwin Park Unified School District
3699 North Holly Avenue
Baldwin Park, CA  91706
(626) 962-3311 x4642

Center for Community and Family Services
508 East Mendocino Street
Altadena, CA  91001-2232
(626) 585-6500
3 locations

Children’s Institute, Inc.
711 South New Hampshire Avenue
Los Angeles, CA  90005
(213) 385-5100 x1885

Community Development Institute (CDI)
135 West Victoria Street
Long Beach, CA  90805
(310) 605-0164

El Nido Family Centers
2152 West Manchester Avenue
Los Angeles, CA  90047
(323) 971-7360

Foothill Family Services
2500 East Foothill Boulevard, Suite 300
Pasadena, CA  91107
(626) 564-1613

Hope Street Family Center
1401 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA  90015
(213) 742-6385

Human Services Association
6800 Florence Avenue
Bell Gardens, CA  90201-4958
(562) 806-5400 x192

Kedren Community Health Center, Inc.
710 East 111th Place
Los Angeles, CA  90059
(323) 777-1411

Long Beach Unified School District
Head Start Program
2898 Orange Avenue
Signal Hill, CA  90755
(562) 427-0833
2 locations

Los Angeles County Office of Education
10100 Pioneer Boulevard, Suite 325
Santa Fe Springs, CA  90670
 (877) 773-5543
http://www.prekkid.org

Los Angeles Education Partnership
(213) 622-5237 x0

Options-A Child Care and Human Services Agency
100 North Citrus Street, Suite 301
West Covina, CA  91791
(626) 967-7848

Palmdale School District Office
Early Childhood Programs
975 East Avenue P-8
Palmdale, CA  93550
(661) 273-4710

Plaza de la Raza
Child Development Services, Inc.
11015 Bloomfield Avenue
Santa Fe Springs, CA  90690
(562) 777-7170

Plaza de la Raza
Child Development Services, Inc.
12830 Clark Avenue
Downey, CA  90242-4720
(562) 803-6229

Pediatric Therapy Network
1815 West 213th Street, Suite 100
Torrance, California  90501
(310) 328-0276

Pomona Unified School District
1460 East Holt Avenue, Suite 194A
Pomona, CA  91767
(909) 397-4740 x5607

UCLA Early Head Start
14423 Van Nuys Boulevard
Arleta, CA  91331
(818) 485-0129

University of Southern California
School for Early Childhood Education
3716 South Hope Street, Suite 366
Los Angeles, CA  90089
(213) 743-4650

Venice Family Clinic
Children First Early Head Start Program
604 Rose Avenue
Venice, CA  90291
(310) 664-7557

Vista Del Mar and Family Services
Home-SAFE
6926 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA  90038
(323) 934-7979

Volunteers of America
11243 Kittridge Street
North Hollywood, CA  91606-2605
(818) 980-2287

  • Locations

Westside Children’s Center
12120 Wagner Street
Los Angeles, CA 90230-5844
(310) 397-4200

Head Start Programs (three to five years old)
Center for Community and Family Services Head Start
508 East Mendocino Street
Altadena, California 91001
(626) 585-6500

Child Care Resource Center
20001 Prairie Street
Chatsworth, California  91311
(818) 717-1000

Community Development Institute
135 Victoria Street
Long Beach, California  90805

Long Beach Unified School District Head Start Programs
2898 Orange Avenue
Signal Hill, California 90755
(562) 427-0833

LACOE Head Start-State Preschool
10100 Pioneer Boulevard
Santa Fe Springs, California 90670
(877) 773-5543
www.prekkid.org

Options Head Start
1330 North Portero Avenue
South El Monte, California 91733-3085
(626) 459-4299

University of Southern California (USC) School for Early Childhood Education
3716 South Hope Street
Los Angeles, California 90089
(213) 743-4650


Office of Child Care
Service Integration Branch/Chief Executive Office
222 South Hill Street, 5th Floor
Los Angeles, CA  90012
(213) 974-4103 Telephone • (213) 217-5106 Facsimile

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