Programs like Head Start are dedicated to promoting the school readiness of children from birth to age five from low-income families by enhancing their cognitive, social, and emotional development. Research has shown that educating our children at an early age significantly increases their likelihood of graduating from high school, enrolling in college, earning more, remaining off the welfare rolls and staying out of prison than those who didn’t have the same experience.
Currently, there is a heavy push to recruit children from migrant families into these programs as recent studies have found that the deficits migrant children face are more striking than those of native English-speaking children from equally poor families. This specific group of children are in most need of exposure to English-language vocabulary, access to dental and health care, and books at home.
The Head Start programs help build relationships with families that support family well-being and many other important areas. In order to qualify, you must have an annual household income (before taxes).
To find a Head Start or Early Head Start program near you, call 1-866- 763-6481 (toll-free) or log-on to this link to for a list of California Head Start locations: http://caheadstart.org/pdfs/membership/ HeadStartAgencyList.pdf