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Head Start

  • Overview

    Supporting the development of young minds and helping families thrive.

    Head Start is a federally-subsidized national program designed to ensure that children ages 0-5 from income-eligible families get the education, experiences and opportunities to set them up for success in school and later in life.

    We serve as the lead agency for all Head Start programs in Marin County.  Our Head Start programs offer comprehensive coordinated services including daily high quality child care and education, along with integrated support for children’s health, nutrition, social services and family development.

    Early Head Start

    Early Head Start

    Our Early Head Start program serves families with children from pre-natal to 2 years old. The program is full day, full year with comprehensive health, nutrition, education, social services, and family development.

    Head Start

    Head Start

    Our Head Start centers serve children from 3 to 5 years. The preschool centers have full day and part day options. Full day is 5 days a week and part day is 5 hours, 4 days a week, Monday through Thursday. There are school year and year round programs.

    Head Start, By the Numbers

    450
    Families received assistance
    +70
    Community members volunteered
    15
    Families without homes now have a safe space to call their own

    At the end of the day, I feel really grateful that what I do is contributing to an environment and stability of our children’s programs.

    Carl Waldecker, Facilities Manager > Facilities Manager

    Success Story

    These impressive people were once Head Start children.
    • Cornell Brooks President and CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
    • Dr. John Paul Kim, Anesthesiologist.
    • Darren Walker, President of the Ford Foundation,
    • Sylvia Mathews Burwell United States Secretary of Human Services
    • Chris Rock – Actor and Comedian
    • Shaquille O’Neal- professional basketball player
    • Bonnie St. John- Paralympian
  • Program Details

    Community Action Marin’s Head Start program is a child and family development program that provides income-eligible families and their children from birth to age five with comprehensive health services, education services and social services.

    Head Start is a federally-funded nationwide program started in 1965 to help prepare income-eligible children for school through environmental enrichment and comprehensive support services to the child and the family.  We serve as the lead agency for all Head Start programs in Marin County.

    Our comprehensive programs focus on promoting school readiness by offering concrete support in the areas of family well-being, positive parent child relationships, engaging parents in advocacy and transitions for themselves and their children, parent connections to peers and community, and supporting children and parents to be successful life-long learners and contributing members of the community.

    Our centers provide a variety of services to children and families that support the cognitive, physical, social and emotional and language development of children.  Among them, we provide a wholesome daily breakfast, lunch and snacks to ensure children are well-nourished and ready to learn.  Further, in collaboration with public and private agencies county wide, we provide:

    • Vision and hearing screenings
    • Referrals to social service agencies, and
    • Assessments for children with special needs

    A highlight of our program is our Parent Engagement work.  Parents gain knowledge, skills and opportunities to successfully support their families to be self sufficient and their children to be life-long learners and contributing members of the community.  They have an opportunity to play a vital role in the daily life of the program, attending parent meetings and literacy classes, and volunteering in the classrooms. They can also be elected to serve on the Policy Council and other important program committees.

    We partner with many in service to our families, including:

    • Marin Community Clinics
    • Bay Area Discovery Museum
    • Center for Domestic Peace
    • Marin County Office of Education
    • Parent Services Project
    • College of Marin
    • Dominican University
    • local school districts
    • and others.

    Head Start Programs

    Community Action Marin’s Head Start program is a child and family development program that provides low-income families and their children from birth to age five with comprehensive health services, education services and social services. Families are supported as they make positive changes in their lives that will benefit them now and in the future.

    Early Head Start

    Our Early head Start program serves families with children from pre-natal to 2 years old. The program is full day, full year with comprehensive health, nutrition, education, social services, and family development.

  • FAQ

    How does your program engage parents?

    Head Start and Early Head Start staff create authentic partnerships with parents every day. Our teachers share their eagerness to welcome parents’ expertise and their readiness to share in the care of raising tomorrow’s leaders. Parents can believe in us as partners as they feel the passion our teachers share with them—for the quality of the child’s everyday experiences, for supporting the parent-child relationship, and for laying the foundations early for a thriving future.

    Do you take children with disabilities?

    Yes, our programs take children with disabilities. We are guided by the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) and have a 10% eligibility requirement.

    Do you help children develop good healthy eating and tooth brushing habits?

    Yes, we feed children healthy meals and snacks daily from our central kitchen and promote good oral health as part of our program.

    If you have any questions that weren’t answered here, please contact us.

    Head Start

    Head Start Program Director

    Jan Yarish
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