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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 as well as a Head Start Home Visiting Option. 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

Al Tahoe Head Start
1100 Lyons Avenue, South Lake Tahoe 96150
C1 530-543-8240/FAX 530-541-0284
C2 530-543-8241/FAX 530-541-2943
License #090309400

Buckeye Head Start
Buckeye Road, Shingle Springs 95682
530-295-4501/FAX 530-677-7216
License #093612133

Camerado Springs Head Start
2480 Merrychase Dr., Cameron Park 95682
530-295-4516/FAX 530-676-1381
License #090321338

Camino Head Start
3060 Snows Road, Camino 95709
530-295-4500/FAX 530-644-4206
License #093605023

Charles Brown Head Start
6520 Oak Dell Road, El Dorado 95623
Portable 530-295-4512/FAX 530-621-1832
License #093501887

Georgetown Head Start
Harkness Street, Georgetown 95634
530-295-4515/FAX 530-333-1905
License #090309074

Gold Oak Head Start
3171 Pleasant Valley Road, Placerville 95667
530-295-4509/FAX 530-626-8224
License # 093609412

Early Learning Center Head Start
6767 Green Valley Road, Placerville 95667
M2 530-295-2328/FAX -530-295-8364
M3 530-295-2304/FAX -530-295-8364
M7 530-295-2338/FAX -530-295-8364
M8 530-295-4505/ FAX -530-295-8364
License # 093601887

Pinewood Head Start
6181 Pine Street, Pollock Pines 95726
530-295-4511/FAX 530-644-3683
License # 090317462

Placerville Head Start
2871 Schnell School Road, Placerville 95667
Main 530-295-4508/FAX 530-626-5837
Portable 530-295-4502/FAX 530-626-5837
License # 090306363

Rescue Head Start
3880 Green Valley Road, Rescue 95672
530-295-4507/FAX 530-677-6814
License # 093610052

Tahoe Center Head Start
1286 Kyburz Avenue, South Lake Tahoe 96510
530-543-8242/FAX 530-541-7485
License #093616691

Head Start Home Based (HSHB)

HSHB continues to promote parents in their vital role with preschool-aged children three to five years old. Like EHS, HSHB services are provided through weekly home visits and bi-monthly socializations with an emphasis on peer group interactions designed to promote children's social, emotional, and language development.

Home-Based Programs

Home Based Programs (HB) deliver the full range of Head Start/Early Head Start services through visits with children and parents, primarily in the child's home and through group socialization opportunities in a classroom, other facility or community-based option. Both programs promote the parent's role as the first and most influential teacher for their child and help parents provide high-quality learning experiences that support growth and development for later success in school and life.

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.