Our Programs

Head Start

Head Start is a federally funded high-quality preschool program for income eligible families with children from 3 to 5 years of age. The program operates 6.5 hours per day. Families that are eligible for both Head Start and State Preschool may attend both programs for a 6.5 hour day.

All Head Start programs offer comprehensive services to children and families that support family well-being and children’s school readiness goals. The programs offer services and resources in: Child Development / Health / Mental Health / Nutrition, Family/Community Partnerships and Program Governance. 

Early Head Start

The Early Head Start Program is a federally funded program designed to serve income eligible families who are expecting a child and/or have children ages birth to 3 years of age. The program provides weekly visits within the homes to promote positive family health and development. In addition, families attend socialization activities twice each month.

The focus of the Early Head Start Program is to provide family centered and community-based services and support that are high quality and promote healthy child development. Early Head Start operates on a year round schedule in order to assure continuous, consistent services to families.

State Preschool

El Dorado County Preschool Programs provide an enriching experience for preschool children from 3 to 5 years of age. Both full cost and income eligible subsidized families are enrolled. Subsidized program eligibility is determined by the Department of Education, Child Development Division. Preschool programs provide individualized early education, focusing on school readiness and literacy skills. Program options include 3.5 hours per day or 6.5 hour days Monday through Friday. The academic year aligns with school district calendars.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Where are the schools located?

We have schools all over the county from El Dorado Hills up to South Lake Tahoe! You can find a complete list of locations here.