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Head Start, Early Head Start recruiting families across county

The Merced County Office of Education’s Head Start and Early Head Start programs are currently recruiting and enrolling families for the 2019-2020 school year. The goal is to ensure that all families in Merced County who qualify for services have access to the Head Start programs.

Head Start and Early Head Start are comprehensive prenatal, infant and preschool and family development program available for 0 to four-year-old children nationwide. MCOE Head Start provides an exceptional education complemented by health and social services for families in Merced County. The MCOE Head Start program can serve up to 1,157 children in a variety of settings, including full-day (10 hours), school-day (6 ½ hours) and part-day (3 ½ hours) classes, as well as a home-based program and services to pregnant women. Head Start families benefit from access to a variety of community resources, health and nutrition education programs, diverse parent education programs, and other social services to support the entire family.

Eligible families are those whose total annual income does not exceed the federal poverty guidelines. The program is also able to provide services to families who do not qualify under the federal poverty guidelines but have a child with a diagnosed special need. MCOE is proud to serve families of all cultures and bi-lingual staff is available as needed.

If your family could benefit from the Head Start program or you know a family that would, contact Head Start’s Administrative Offices at (209) 381-5170 today.

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