Head Start Programs Learn more CDR provides a foundation to build promising futures for children. CDR collaborates with families and communities to deliver programs that enrich lives. Head Start Programs Learn more There are three programs - the Head Start (HS) Program/California State Preschool Program (CSPP), Early Head Start (EHS) Program and Early Head Start –Child Care Partnership (EHS-CCP). Always Accepting Applications APPLY We accept Head Start applications throughout the year and enroll children as spaces become available.
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Head Start Programs Ventura County

Our Head Start Program prepares Ventura County’s most vulnerable young children to succeed in school and become lifelong learners.

Head Start, created in 1965 under the Head Start Act (42 USC 9801, et seq.), is a national program that provides comprehensive child development services primarily to low‐income children (ages zero to five) and their families. Head Start promotes school readiness by enhancing the physical, social, and cognitive development of children through educational, health, nutritional, social, and other services. It also recognizes the important role of parents, encouraging them to participate in a variety of activities and experiences that support and foster their children’s development and learning, and helping them to progress toward their educational, literacy, and employment goals. Head Start also requires programs to provide opportunities for parental involvement in the development, conduct, and governance of local programs through participation in policy groups (e.g. Policy Councils).

Program Options

Benefits for Entire Family

Teachers plan, assess and record each child’s progress and share information with parents. Children leave the program better prepared for kindergarten and excited about learning.

Education

Healthy eating is essential to a child’s well being and fuels their growing minds and bodies. We provide healthy meals and snacks, and evaluate each child’s nutritional needs.

Health/Nutrition

Teachers plan, assess and record each child’s progress and share information with parents. Children leave the program better prepared for kindergarten and excited about learning.

Special Needs & Disabilities

We are dedicated to ensuring the well being of children and strengthening parents’ ability to keep their children healthy and ready to learn. We ensure that all children receive needed medical, oral health, and mental health services and support.

Mental Health Services

Head Start staff recognize parents as their child’s first and most important teacher. They welcome parental involvement in the programs and work in partnership with parents to ensure a successful outcome for the child and the family. We work with parents to create family goals and provide support in achieving their goals. We also provide referrals to community agencies to meet each family’s needs.

Family Engagement & Support Services

Always Accepting Applications

Head Start will accept applications throughout the year and enroll children as spaces become available. Parents with kids who have disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Head Start Eligibility Requirements:

  • Family lives in Ventura County
  • Child between the ages of 3 and 5

  • Priority is given to families whose income falls within Federal Poverty Guidelines

Application (English)
Application (Spanish)

Parents as Partners

We partner with parents and emphasize their role as the child’s first and most important teacher in our Head Start Programs.

In partnership with parents, our staff:

  • Provide a positive, friendly and safe learning environment for children.

  • Engage parents with activities that provide meaningful parent-child interaction.

  • Share and provide age-appropriate child development information to parents.

  • Promote and help parents to observe their child’s development.

  • Address any parenting concerns.

  • Respect and incorporate child’s culture and home language, when appropriate.

Parent and family engagement services include an extensive parent education program that emphasizes fulfillment of parental responsibilities and family self-sufficiency. CDR provides all family support services in the family’s primary language, recognizing and honoring cultural preferences and traditions.

From Our Parents

“ CDR has been a building block for my daughter’s future and she’s thriving.”

L. Vargas-Lara

“ CDR has been a building block for my daughter’s future and she’s thriving.”

John

“ CDR has been a building block for my daughter’s future and she’s thriving.”

Sarah K.

Did you Know?

  • 90% of a Child’s Brain Develops By Age 5

  • Every interaction a child has is an opportunity for learning. In the first five years, daily activities — talking, singing, reading, playing — stimulate brain development and dramatically influence future health, learning and behavior.

  • The experiences children have in the first five years help shape the adults they will become. More importantly, your relationship with your child will support the way your child learns and develops.