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Head Start Program


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Head StartHead Start and Early Head Start are comprehensive child development programs which serve children from birth to age 5, pregnant women, and their families. They are child-focused programs and have the overall goal of increasing the school readiness of young children in low-income families.

The Head Start program is administered by the Head Start Bureau, Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Department of Health and Human Services. Grants are awarded by the ACF Regional Offices and the Head Start Bureau's American Indian and Migrant Program Branches directly to local public agencies, private organizations, Indian Tribes and school systems for the purpose of operating Head Start programs at the community level.

The Head Start program has a long tradition of delivering comprehensive and high quality services designed to foster healthy development in low-income children. Head Start grantee and delegate agencies provide a range of individualized services in the areas of education and early childhood development; medical, dental, and mental health; nutrition; and parent involvement. In addition, the entire range of Head Start services is responsive and appropriate to each child's and family's developmental, ethnic, cultural, and linguistic heritage and experience.

The Head Start program in San Luis Obispo County is operated by the Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo County. Children who attend Head Start participate in a variety of educational activities. They also receive free medical and dental care, have healthy meals and snacks, and enjoy playing indoors and outdoors in a safe setting.

The Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo County Head Start/Early Head Start Program makes special efforts to ensure that children with special needs are able to participate in all aspects of the program either in an inclusive home- based or preschool classroom environment.  The program reserves at least 10% of its enrollment slots for children with disabilities and no child will be denied enrollment because of a disability.

A variety of programs are available for parents, including full-day, full-year for parents working or going to school; part-day, full-year; part-day, part-year; and other options. For more information, please contact the center closest to your home:

San Luis Obispo County
Atascadero (also serves Templeton) (805) 466-0417
Cambria (also serves Cayucos) (805) 927-0830
Five Cities (serves Arroyo Grande,Grover Beach, Pismo Beach, Oceano) (805) 473-1657
Nipomo (805) 929-3366
Paso Robles (also serves San Miguel) (805) 238-5323
San Luis Obispo (805) 542-0320
Sunnyside (serves Los Osos and Morro Bay) (805) 528-3717
San Diego County:
Midland HS (Poway) (858) 391-0216
Boys and Girls Club HS (Poway)                                                      (858) 668-2985
Ramona HS (Ramona) (760) 789-2087
Nuevo HS (Ramona (760) 789-1295
Rolling Hills (Poway) (858) 672-0738
Administrative office (858) 391-9084
Borrego Springs (619) 820-4688

For more information please call (805) 544-4355

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