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Head Start

Head Start is a federally funded parent participation program for income eligible families with children from 3 to 5 years of age. The Head Start program offers an individualized preschool experience in a center based setting.. The Head Start program promotes family engagement and provides a high quality preschool experience in order to prepare children for success in school and life.

Our sites are rated by High 5 for Quality (H5Q) El Dorado County’s quality rating and improvement system (QRIS) for licensed early care and education providers. This rating is based upon well-defined, high quality standards and offers support and incentives to assist providers in reaching higher levels of quality. The goals of High 5 for Quality are to improve the quality of early care and education programs in El Dorado County and to offer parents and families an identifiable symbol of quality. For more information about H5Q visit El Dorado County Early Care & Education Planning Council. To obtain the current ratings for each of our sites contact Choices for Children at (530) 676-0707.

For more information about the classroom curriculum visit the Education page.

Center Locations

South Lake Tahoe

Pollock Pines


Pleasant Valley


Placerville - Charles Brown

Early Learning Center at EDCOE

Sutter's Mill


Cameron Park, Shingle Springs, Rescue

El Dorado Hills

Family Partnerships

Family partnerships in the home base are vital to the success of the program. For many families, their involvement with this program is among their first experiences in an Early Childhood Program and the community at large. Working closely with home visitors provides families with a comprehensive approach to building a strong family structure with healthy and successful children. It helps families learn more about the community in which they live and how to access the many resources that are available to families with young children.