How We Work
Thank you for your interest in the Head Start / Early Head Start Program. Our program offers part day and full day preschool and family services in various locations throughout Santa Clara and San Benito Counties.
To qualify for our services your child must be age eligible AND your family must either be income or categorically eligible.
ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTSAge Eligibility:
Income Eligibility: Your family is income eligible if your income meets the Federal Income Guidelines listed below: Read more
Categorical Eligibility: Your family is eligible if you are in any of the following categories
Children with disabilities: Income eligibility requirements for Head Start may be waived (until program has reached 10% enrollment of children with special needs) if your child has a current Individualized Education Plan (IEP), or for Early Head Start if your child has a current Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP).
Income eligibility requirements for Head Start may be waived (until program has reached 10% enrollment of children with special needs) if your child has a current Individualized Education Plan (IEP), or for Early Head Start if your child has a current Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP).
Your application must be complete and include copies of the following documents (documents will not be returned):
TB Assessment and/or TB Test Results
Income Verification - Documentation must reflect your current economic status and must include
all sources of income received by the child's parents or guardians such as:
Current pay stubs showing last two (2) months worth of income
Letter from employer stating hours worked per week and pay rate (only if unable to provide pay stubs)
Latest Income Tax Return or W-2 (if seasonally employed, self-employed, or if unable to provide pay stubs; must reflect current economic status)
Proof of Legal Custody (if child is in foster care)
Notice of Action (if receiving CalWORKs)
Proof of Supplemental Security Income (if applicable)
Homelessness Verification (if applicable and available)
Current IEP (Head Start)
or IFSP (Early Head Start) (if applicable)
Full Time Employment or School/Training Verification (if you are requesting full day services)
SUBMITTING YOUR APPLICATION
Once you have completed the application, you may submit your materials in one of the following ways:
- Call the office to ask for directions to the center nearest you
- Deliver in person or by mail to:
Santa Clara County Office Education
Early Learning Services - Head Start Program
1290 Ridder Park Dr., MC 225
San Jose, CA 95131-2304
You will be contacted by mail once your application has been processed.
If you have any questions please call (408) 453-6900 or (800) 820-8182, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.