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Head Start is Comprehensive Family Support!

Child Development
» Kindergarten readiness
» Half- and full-day classes
» Family literacy
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  Head Start Organizational Chart
(PDF - 17 KB)
  Head Start / Early Head Start Annual Report 2012-2013
(PDF - 2 MB)
  PROGRAM DESIGN & MANAGEMENT - Implementation Plan
(PDF - 13 MB)
  2013 Pre-Service Presentations
  Head Start / Early Head Start Annual Report 2011-2012
(PDF - 6 MB)
  Head Start School Readiness Assessment of Graduating Students
(PDF - .4 MB)
  Vision, Mission and Values
(PDF - .3 MB)
  Service Area Plans (PDF - 1.8 MB)
  Head Start Referral Form
(PDF - 46 KB)

Studies show that Head Start children are well prepared to enter regular school and score as well or better than their peers on preschool achievement tests.

The cornerstone of the Head Start program is parental involvement in family goal setting and promoting children's social and emotional competence. Collectively, parents and staff work towards the goals of:

  • Child development and kindergarten readiness
  • Literacy
  • Family wellness
  • Self-sufficiency
  • Inclusion of children with special needs

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.

The Santa Clara County Office of Education is also the Early Head Start (EHS) grantee in Santa Clara County. The Early Head Start Program enrolls eligible infants and toddlers and provides services in collaboration with CalSAFE (teenage mothers), Job Corps, and Parkway Child Development Programs.

These services are provided from Head Start centers throughout the two-county area. Head Startís free preschool program offers both part-day and full-day early childhood programs. Full-day services are available for children whose parents are working and/or enrolled in school or a training program. All Head Start centers are licensed and staffed by trained early childhood development educators.


Santa Clara County Office of Education - Student's Services
1290 Ridder Park Drive MC 225
San Jose, CA 95131-2304

Phone: (800) 820-8182 :: Send us an email