ANNOUNCEMENT! Early Head Start and Head Start have combined. We are now Head Start 0 to 5!

Head Start 0 to 5 is ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

All COVID-19 health and safety measures in accordance with Fresno County Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are in place to ensure the health and well-being of families and children served. Staff will continue to engage families and deliver remote services where possible.

If you are interested in full-day / full-year child care services, start by calling:

For 6 weeks to 3 year olds

  • Child Development Center (559) 487-1053 or (559) 263-1550
  • Jane Addams Child Development Center (559) 457-2515 or (559) 263-1550

For 3 to 5 year olds

  • Dakota Circle Center (559) 228-0331 or (559) 263-1527
  • Sequoia Center (559) 244-0195 or (559) 263-1527

Click here for information on eligibility or the application process for all services

For information about all of our services, call (559) 263-1200

Eligibility

Click here to see if you are eligible and to start the application process.

About Head Start 0 to 5

What is Head Start 0 to 5? Find out here.

Two Program options

We offer home-based services and center-based visitation services.

LOCATIONS

Click here to find the Head Start 0 to 5 location nearest to you.

About Head Start 0 to 5

What We Do

Head Start 0 to 5 is a federally funded community-based program for income eligible pregnant women and children ages birth to five, inclusive of children with disabilities. We provide comprehensive child development and family support services, including education, social, emotional, health, nutrition, family support, and disability services. Head Start 0 to 5 is committed to building strong children and families.

Our goals are:

  • to promote healthy prenatal outcomes for pregnant women
  • to enhance the development of children ages birth to five
  • to promote healthy family functioning

Two program options

We offer two program options, Home-Based and Center-Based.

Home-Based

Our home-based services provide a home-based educator who visits the home and provides a weekly 90-minute home visit offering school readiness activities for the family. Children have the opportunity to have a group socialization experience twice a month.

For prenatal we provide pre- and post-natal education inclusive of breastfeeding, fetal development, prenatal and postpartum depression, preparing and caring for baby and so much more.

For children, we provide parent education, child development guidance, parent/child interaction facilitation, ongoing developmental assessment, and much more.

Center-Based

The center-based option provides full-day/full-year childcare for all ages, with part-day options for children ages 3 to 5, Monday-Friday between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. with some longer hours that vary by location.

Families must verify a need due to employment and/or school. All diapers, wipes, bottles, food, and formula for the enrolled child are provided, while at the center. It is not required that toddlers be toilet trained to enroll.

Both program options include

  • Individualized Curriculum and Early Literacy activities
  • Parent Engagement and Family Support
  • Disabilities Support (in collaboration with Part ‘C’ provider, 10% federal mandate)
  • Ongoing Developmental Assessment
  • Guidance in meeting Family Goals
  • Program Governance activities
  • Health, Safety, and Nutrition Education
  • Community Engagement

Eligibility

To be eligible for Head Start 0 to 5, you must meet the Federal Poverty Guidelines and be a pregnant woman or have a child, age 0 to 5. (Note: selection preference is given to children in foster care, who are homeless, who receive public assistance, or children with a certified disability (IFSP/IEP)).

We accept applications for program services year round.

How Do I Apply and Enroll?

Typically, the application process time is 1-2 weeks to go through Referral, Application, Verification, Notification, and Enrollment.

Head Start 0 to 5 Enrollment Step 1

1. Referral

Referrals are our way of making an introduction. It gives us a chance to talk and welcome you. We can get to know you a little better so we can determine how we can best serve you and your family. It is also a way for other people to refer our services to families who need our services.

Our preferred method is to talk over the phone, however you are welcome to visit one of our Head Start locations and meet in person. Or, you can fill out one of these referral forms:

Head Start 0 to 5 Enrollment Step 1

Pregnant mothers or children ages
0 to 2 years, 11 months old:

Children ages
3 to 5 years old:

Head Start 0 to 5 Enrollment Step 2
Head Start 0 to 5 Enrollment Step 2

2. Application

If you call or visit and are ready to complete an application, we can take your information and complete the application process right then. If you need time to gather the necessary documentation, we will arrange a time to call and complete the application over the phone.

The following documents are required in order to complete the application. You may scan and email the documents or drop them off at your local Head Start 0 to 5 center or our central office (see locations below). If you are unable to do either, our staff can conduct a home visit to pick up the document copies.

  • Prenatal Applicants:  Proof of Pregnancy
  • Verification of Birth (includes but is not limited to the following):
    • Birth Certificate
    • Hospital Medical Record / Hospital Medical Certificate
    • Federal or State Records (Driver’s License, ID Card)
    • Passport
  • Immunization Record
  • Income Verification (includes but is not limited to the following):
    • Previous year Income Tax Form 1040 (preferred)
    • W-2
    • CalWORKs / TANF
    • SSI Benefits
    • Financial Aid
    • Social Security, State Disability, and/or Unemployment Benefits
Head Start 0 to 5 Enrollment Step 3

3. Verification

Once the application is complete, we will verify age and income to determine eligibility.

Head Start 0 to 5 Enrollment Step 3
Head Start 0 to 5 Enrollment Step 4
Head Start 0 to 5 Enrollment Step 4

4. Notification

Upon verification, we will either send a letter, call, or make a home-visit (depending on needs).

Head Start 0 to 5 Enrollment Step 3

5. Enrollment

The enrollment process can begin as soon as the next day, once notified. The process may include the need for additional paperwork, a home visit, or a phase-in at your local center.

Head Start 0 to 5 Enrollment Step 3

Head Start 0 to 5 locations

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Home Based locations for ages 0 to 3

Central Office

Administration Staff & Home-Based Visitation site for Fresno City-Urban, EPU, & Parc Grove

1920 Mariposa Street, Suite 130
Fresno, CA 93721
(559) 263-1550

FOWLER, SELMA, Parlier

2056 Second Street
Selma, CA 93662
(559) 896-1990
8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Highway City

Temporarily relocated to:

1920 Mariposa Street, Suite 130
Fresno, CA 93721

(559) 275-3322
8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Kerman & Biola

719 S. Madera
Kerman, CA 93630
(559) 846-3990
8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Mt. Carmel at Franklin Head Start

(Serves families in and near the 93706 zip code)

1189 Martin Street
Fresno, CA 93706
(559) 264-5315
8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Sanger, Reedley, Del Rey

2056 Second Street
Selma, CA 93662
(559) 896-1991
8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Reedley Socialization Site

Jefferson Elementary School

1220 E. Washington
Reedley, CA 93654
8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

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Center Based locations for ages 0 to 3

Child Development Center

1441 E. Divisadero
Fresno, CA 93721
(559) 487-1053
7:30 AM – 5:30 PM Monday-Friday

Family Childcare Centers

(Coming Soon)

Jane Addams Child Development Center

2117 W. McKinley
Fresno, CA 93728
(559) 457-2515
7:30 AM – 5:30 PM Monday-Friday

Lighthouse for Children

2405 Tulare St.
Fresno, CA 93721

Mendota

(Coming Soon)

Clinton / Blythe

(Coming Soon)

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Home Based locations for ages 3 to 5

NORTH FRESNO SATELLITE

Serving Coalinga, Mendota/Oro Loma, Mountain Area, West County

4273 W. Richert, Suites 107/108
Fresno, CA 93722

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Center based locations for ages 3 to 5

AREA II
Ted C. Wills Community Center

770 N. San Pablo
Fresno, CA 93728

P:(559) 486-1463
F:(559) 486-1464

CANTUA
Cantua Elementary School

29288 W. Clarkson Ave.
Cantua Creek, CA 93608

P:(559) 829-9749
F:(559) 829-6793

CARUTHERS
Caruthers Elementary School

2420 W. Clemenceau Ave.
Caruthers, CA 93609

P:(559) 864-0322
F:(559) 262-1636

CEDARWOOD
El Encino Baptist Church

2063 S. Cedar
Fresno, CA 93702

P:(559) 237-5254
F:(559) 237-5260

CITRUS
A.L. Conner Elementary School

112 4th St.
Orange Cove, CA 93646

P:(559) 626-0542
F:(559) 262-1637

CLOVIS
Sierra Vista Elementary School

510 Barstow
Clovis, CA 93612

P:(559) 323-9678
F:(559) 262-1638

COALINGA
(Coming Soon)

 

COLLEGE COMMUNITY
College Community Church

2529 Willow Ave.
Clovis, CA 93612 

P:(559) 347-9854
F:(559) 262-1664

DAKOTA CIRCLE

4156 E. Dakota Ave.
Fresno, CA 93726 

P:(559) 228-0331
F:(559) 262-1639

 

ESTELLE DAILEY
Community United Church of Christ

5550 N. Fresno St.
Fresno, CA 93710

P:(559) 431-0019
F:(559) 262-1657

FIREBAUGH
Hazel Bailey Elementary School

1725 Saipan Ave.
Firebaugh, CA 93622

P:(559) 659-2542
F:(559) 262-1640

FRESNO USD: LINCOLN

1100 Mono St.
Fresno, CA 93706

HURON
Huron Elementary School

16641 Palmer St.
Huron, CA 93234

P:(559) 945-2697
F:(559) 262-1642

IVY
Mary Ella Brown Community Center

1350 E. Annadale
Fresno, CA 93706

P:(559) 233-0141
F:(559) 233-0142

JEFFERSON
Jefferson Elementary School

1240 E. Washington St.
Reedley, CA 93654

P:(559) 637-0025
or (559) 638-0250
F:(559) 262-1643

KINGS CANYON

4995 E. Balch
Fresno, CA 93727

P:(559) 252-7594
F:(559) 262-1644

LIGHTHOUSE FOR CHILDREN

2405 Tulare St.
Fresno, CA 93721

MADISON
Madison Elementary School

388 S. Brawley
Fresno, CA 93706

P:(559) 497-8018
F:(559) 497-5865

MAPLE VISTA
Sierra Vista United Methodist

4609 E. Illinois
Fresno, CA 93702

P:(559) 252-9506
F:(559) 262-1646

MENDOTA
Mendota Farm Labor Bldg.

295 W. Tuft
Mendota, CA 93640

P:(559) 655-3314
F:(559) 262-1647

MOLLY NEVAREZ
(Coming Soon)

MOSQUEDA
Mosqueda Community Center

4676 E. Butler
Fresno, CA 93702

P:(559) 255-8099
F:(559) 262-1649

PINEDALE
Pinedale Elementary School

7171 N. Sugarpine
Pinedale, CA 93650

P:(559) 327-7748
P:(559) 327-7749
F:(559) 262-1650

RAMACHER
Ramacher Educational Complex

710 N. Hughes
Fresno, CA 93728

P:(559) 264-7120
F:(559) 264-7237

ROMAIN
Romain Neighborhood Center

745 N. First St.
Fresno, CA 93702

P:(559) 442-4131
F:(559) 442-4132

ROOSEVELT
Roosevelt Elementary School

1701 Alton St., Ste. A
Selma, CA 93662

P:(559) 891-0186
F:(559) 262-1652

SAN JOAQUIN
San Joaquin Elementary School

8535 S. Ninth
San Joaquin, CA 93660

P:(559) 693-4571
F:(559) 262-1653

SANGER
Iglesia La Roca

3037 S. Orchid
Sanger, CA 93657

P:(559) 875-2581
or (559) 875-2582
F:(559) 262-1654

SEQUOIA
First Congregational Church

2121 N. Van Ness
Fresno, CA 93704

P:(559) 244-0195
F:(559) 262-1655

SHIELDS / FRESNO
(Coming Soon)

 

WASHINGTON
Washington Elementary School

1420 Second St.
Selma, CA 93662

P:(559) 891-7330
F:(559) 262-1656

WILSON
Wilson Elementary School

1325 Stillman
Selma, CA 93662

P:(559) 896-0142
F:(559) 262-1658

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frequently asked questions

EDUCATION

What is school readiness?
Head Start 0 to 5 defines school readiness as children possessing the skills, knowledge, and attitudes necessary for success in school and for learning and later in life. The Approach to School Readiness means that children are ready for school, families are ready to support their children’s learning, and schools are ready for children. Head Start 0 to 5 is a leader in the early childhood field with a strong, clear, and comprehensive focus on healthy development, including physical, cognitive, language and literacy, and social and emotional development, all of which are essential to children getting ready for school. We promote belonging for all infants, toddlers, and pre-school age children, and their families. Head Start 0 to 5 parents and staff create and build meaningful partnerships over time through daily interactions. Relationships are central to the Head Start School Readiness approach and designed to be responsive and inclusive to the cultural diversity and language of families and children within our community. With a shared commitment and focus on each families’ strengths, we build positive goal-oriented relationships for the child’s well-being. Early relationships have long-term implications for all infant, toddlers, and preschool aged children’s development and their ability to learn and succeed in school.
What would be my child’s experience in a Head Start 0 to 5 program?
Routines in our Head Start 0 to 5 program are planned according to each child’s needs to occur in a timely and predictable manner. When environments are engaging, they support children’s participation in activities that promote development and learning. In our classrooms, we maintain a consistent but flexible Visual Daily Schedule. As time is blocked out in an orderly and consistent fashion, children tend to feel secure and become increasingly independent. Within the Daily Schedule, there is a balance of active and quiet times as well as a range of child initiated experiences, and teacher planned activities that provide opportunities for play, exploration, and problem solving. Activities offered occur in well-designed physical spaces or Interest Areas such as Blocks, Dramatic Play, Toys and Games, Art, Library, Discovery, Sand and Water, Music and Movement, Nutrition, and Outdoors. We include a balance of large group and small group activities. The schedule includes Choice Time, allowing children to choose the Interest Area in which they would like to play, with whom they want to play, and materials to use. As children move from one activity to another Transitions can be relaxed and provide opportunities for learning reinforcing concepts and skills. Transitions can be a challenge for some children; we provide individualized support and cues to build good habits. Mealtimes are more than just nourishing our bodies. Meal times in early infancy is different from toddlers, preschoolers, or even late infancy. Feeding can provide learning opportunities. When a caregiver holds a baby and makes eye contact, they are building social and emotional functioning. In preschool this includes the children and teacher sitting together to share a meal or snack and promotes learning and development such as expanding social skills, improved fine motor skills, increase self-confidence and using proper table manners. In the first five years of life, all young children learn in the context of caring, responsive, and stimulating relationships as they explore the world around them.

HEALTH SERVICES

Health Services
School readiness starts with health and Health Services ensure that all enrolled children have timely immunizations and screenings for basic health, hearing, vision and dental health. Referrals are made to community partners if needed.
Physical Examination

In accordance with Community Care Licensing and the Head Start Program Performance Standards, each enrolled child is required to have a Physical Exam. If you do not have a primary Medical Doctor for your child, Head Start 0 to 5 staff will help you find one.

Lead Awareness
In accordance with Head Start Program Performance Standards, staff will be providing information on lead toxicity and will be asking if your child was ever tested for lead at 1 or 2 years, and were they in normal ranges. A high lead level can negatively affect your child’s ability to learn.
Dental Education

Dental health is very important for general health. Children are recommended to see a dentist as soon as their first tooth comes in. If you have not taken your child to the dentist in the past 6 months, Head Start 0 to 5 staff can help you find a dentist for your child.

Immunizations
California State requires certain immunizations in order for children to attend school. We can help determine if your child is up to date or what immunization if any is missing. Our goal is to have all children fully immunized and ready for school.

NUTRITION SERVICES

Meals provided

Head Start 0 to 5 provides breakfast, lunch, and an afternoon snack at no cost to parents by utilizing the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).

Menus

If my child has a food allergy, sensitivity or requires a medical accommodation, will I have to bring his meal?

Because Head Start 0 to 5 is a sponsor of the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), parents will need to complete paperwork and/or have their pediatrician complete a form. Upon receipt of the necessary documents, our Registered Dietitian and staff will prepare a menu specific to your child’s needs.

CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES

Priority for enrollment is given to children who have an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP ages 0 to 3) or an Individualized Education Plan (IEP ages 3 to 5).

What if my child uses a walker or wheelchair, or has serious health problems?

Head Start 0 to 5 accepts children regardless of the type and severity of the disability. Most Head Start 0 to 5 sites are ADA accessible and at certain locations that offer bus transportation, the buses can accommodate wheelchairs. Head Start 0 to 5 staff work together with medical and educational professionals in the community to make sure children’s needs are met.

FAMILY ENGAGEMENT / VOLUNTEER SERVICES

Due to COVID -19 concerns, volunteers are not being accepted for in-classroom hours at this time. However, there are other ways to volunteer.

Family Engagement

Family Engagement is strongly encouraged in our program; parents work together to decide what learning experiences they want for their children in our Head Start 0 to 5 Program.

Parents are encouraged to be involved since they are the experts of their child.

Volunteers

Aside from the parent volunteers who participate in our program, we do accept volunteers from the community on a case-by-case basis. For example, we have had students who need lab or community hours volunteer at our child development centers. Those who are interested in volunteering should call (559) 263-1200.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Requirements

All volunteers must have a current TB skin test or medical TB clearance and other required immunizations (measles/pertussis/flu).

Qualifications

The ability to relate well with young children, a general knowledge of child development, child behavior, and the processes involved in learning. Be a creative individual who can share his/her talents in the classroom and assist the teacher in the preparation of classroom materials. Good moral character and health.

A quality Head Start 0 to 5 program calls for many people working together, sharing their talents, knowledge, and energy so that the children can receive the greatest benefit possible.

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Foster Grandparents Donation

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Director retires after longtime service to Head Start 0 to 5

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Head Start History

In January of 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson declared The War on Poverty in his State of the Union speech. Shortly thereafter, Sargent Shriver took the lead in assembling a panel of experts to develop a comprehensive child development program that would help communities meet the needs of disadvantaged preschool children.

Part of the government’s thinking on poverty was influenced by new research on the effects of poverty, as well as on the impact of education. This research indicated an obligation to help disadvantaged groups, compensating for inequality in social or economic conditions.

Head Start was designed to help break the cycle of poverty, providing preschool children of low-income families with a comprehensive program to meet their emotional, social, health, nutritional and psychological needs.

A key tenet of the program established that it be culturally responsive to the communities served, and that the communities have an investment in its success through the contribution of volunteer hours and other donations as nonfederal share.

For more information on the history of Head Start, please visit: http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/hs/about/history

 

FRESNO EOC HEAD START HISTORY

Fresno Economic Opportunities Commission (Fresno EOC) Head Start Preschool has successfully provided comprehensive child development services for low-income preschool children and their families since 1965. Services include education, nutrition, health, medical, dental, parental involvement and social services. Expansion of services to children ages 0 to 3 years old was implemented in 1996 through the Early Head Start Program.

Fresno EOC Head Start Preschool currently serves approximately 2,750 Head Start and 308 Early Head Start children throughout Fresno County in over 34 centers and 17 home-based areas.

Annual Reports are available upon request.

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This institution is an equal opportunity provider.