Need assistance with flood damage?
¿Necesita ayuda con los daños por inundaciones?

Call the Home Cleanup Hotline at 844.965.1386
Llame a la línea directa de limpieza de viviendas al 844.965.1386

Picturing brighter futures


Numerous studies show that when children receive high quality care and education during their early years of life, they are better prepared for school, become better readers, and are more likely to graduate high school. These outcomes benefit every child and family, and our community as a whole. 

Community Action Marin has provided high quality early childcare and education to the families of Marin for over 30 years.  We have grown to become the largest provider of subsidized childcare in the county, serving 550+ families each day at 10 campuses from Marin City to Novato, and San Rafael to West Marin. 

At Community Action Marin, we provide high-quality free and affordable early education, health, and social support to children and their families. We individualize the program for each child, from pre-natal to school-age, including supporting the development of the home language.


The Numbers


The amount of a child’s brain that is developed by age 6


Percentage of working families that seek childcare in order to stay employed


Percentage of families with children under the age of 6, in which both parents work 


Through our programs, Community Action Marin sets children up to do well in school and later in life by giving them a safe, caring, home-away-from-home to have fun, learn, and explore. The agency’s Whole Family Approach works to ensure that needs are met and outcomes at the individual, agency, and community levels are achieved to strengthen well-being.

Head Start Community Action Marin

Early Childhood Education

Community Action Marin offers quality education programs for each age group. These programs are designed to provide children with the skills they need to support every stage in their development. Our programs support families so that parents can work and know their children are being taken care of and learning. Our educational programs help families thrive. 


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Home Visiting Program

Our at-home childcare is an individualized program option designed for any family who may not have regular access to transportation or would prefer a personal visit from a home visitor. In this program, parents and their home visitor partner together to plan fun-filled learning activities for the child based on the developmental goals of their age group. Each month social activities are also planned so that children and parents can come together for a learning and interactive experience with others in the program. 


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Family Childcare Network

Our licensed childcare providers offer high quality childcare for children 0-3 years of age and combine the standards of a first-rate childcare center with the personal touch and familiarity of a home environment. Children are cared for in safe and healthy surroundings and enjoy developmentally and age-appropriate activities, and nurturing interactions. 

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Learning Gardens

A longtime highlight of our Children and Family Services, our Learning Gardens program is growing in exciting ways to increase healthy eating choices and access to fresh  fruits and vegetables  among the families  we serve.

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What we Provide

High quality childcare

Developmentally age-appropriate programs

Lunch and snack provided

Safe and caring place for kids to have fun, learn, and explore

Staff speak both English and Spanish


The following are eligible; expectant women, children 0-5 years of age and their families. These groups must live in Marin County and meet federal poverty guidelines, receive public assistance, or are foster children. 

For pre-natal – age 5, programs are full day, full year and include comprehensive health, nutrition, education, social services, and family development. 

For children age 5+, programs take place after the school day ends. The program is full time during the summer.

Our Preschool Centers for children ages 3 – 5, focus on support for dual language learners, 

Children in the program receive meals that meet or exceed nutritional guidelines as established by the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). Take a look at a sample menu to see the healthy and nutritious meals children receive.

Start a Career in Childhood Education

At Community Action Marin, aside from key stabilization services, we also provide high-touch career coaching and job training, supporting individuals with attaining employer-recognized certificates and credentials, and obtaining employment in high-demand professions. Starting in Spring 2023, The Pathways to Success Apprenticeship participants will be able to make a difference in children’s lives and will get 2,000 hours of paid learning, on-the-job classroom training, and a jumpstart on a career in early education