All families must meet income eligibility criteria in order to receive services. It is the policy of the Head Start /Early Head Start Program not to discriminate on the basis of sex, age, religion, race or national origin, or disabled conditions. Religious instruction or worship is prohibited.
- Head Start Program served 31% of Eligible Preschool Children in Santa Clara County & 50% of Eligible Preschool Children in San Benito County
- A total of 35.6% of Eligible Preschool Children were served in both Santa Clara County & San Benito Counties
- The EHS Program served less than 1% of the of Eligible Preschool Children under the age of 3 years old in both Santa Clara County & San Benito County.
Early Childhood Development & Health Services
Head Start and Early Head Start provide developmental and health screenings for children during enrollment. A medical and dental home are defined as an ongoing source of continuous and accessible medical/dental care. The figures below show the percentage of children, by the end of the program year who had medical/dental exams, health insurance and a medical/dental home. Children That Received Medical and Dental Exams
Enrolled Head Start Children 2016-17
Enrolled Early Head Start Children 2016-17
Preparing Children for Kindergarten
Our program is highly involved with the School Readiness Goals initiative to continually strengthen and develop community-wide partnerships dedicated to aligning efforts to ensure that all children are prepared for success in kindergarten and beyond. Partnerships with schools and school districts have provided the opportunity for Head Start children to visit kindergarten classrooms, collaborate with Head Start staff and public elementary school staff, exchange child assessment data and discuss kindergarten classroom placement. Below are our school readiness goals and objectives.
School Readiness Goal: Children exiting SCCOE's Head Start will have the skills necessary for success in school.
- Through effective curriculum, individualized instruction, and supportive teacher/child interactions, children will show developmental progress across all domains (social emotional, physical and health, cognition and general knowledge, language and literacy development, and approaches to learning).
- Through increased family engagement, families will become lifelong learners and advocates for their child's education.
- Through increased focus on community demographics and prudent fiscal management, the program will provide increased services for younger children and their families.
Results in Preparing Children
Developmental progress is monitored through teacher observations, a portfolio of each child's work and parent input throughout the year. This information helps teachers to rate children on the Desired Results Developmental Profile – Preschool 2010 Edition (DRDP – 2010) three times per year. The DRDP allows the SCCOE Head Start program to assess how children are developing individually, within each classroom and program-wide.
Our analysis for 2015-2016 demonstrates that children enrolled in the SCCOE's Head Start and Early Head Start programs are making significant developmental progress helping them develop the foundational skills to be successful in kindergarten and in life. Amount of Growth Attributable to Program Impact
Average Developmental Level (ADL) Fall 2016 to Spring 2017
2016-17 Head Start DRDP Data
2016-17 Early Head Start DRDP Data
Parent Involvement Activities
Parent Involvement was encouraged through a number of activities and educational opportunities throughout the year. The opportunities were provided to families through local parent meetings, cluster workshops, trainings, community agency presentations, and the following parent committees:
- Conferences (Regional/National)
- Financial Literacy
- Health and Wellness
- Injury Prevention
- Kindergarten Transition
- Mental Health
- Oral Health
- Pedestrian Safety
- School Readiness
2016-17 Services Families Received
Most Recent Federal Review
All Head Start programs are reviewed every three years by the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Department of Health and Human Services. The Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE) Head Start and Early Head Start programs had their last federal review on February 2014.
The program was found to be in full compliance with all applicable Head Start Program Performance Standards, laws, regulations and policy requirements. The program received commendations on the use of commercial and locally designed technology, community collaborations, electronic monitoring, tracking, reporting, and accounting systems and processes.
The Annual Independent Financial Audit (for FY 2013-14) made known that the audit findings required to be reported by Circular A‐133 had no federal award findings or questioned costs in 2016‐17.
Budgetary Expenditures & Proposed Budget
Public and Private Funds