Santa Clara Office of Education (SCOE) operates Head Start centers as well as a home-based program for low-income eligible families. Fill out an Interest Form and a staff member from our Head Start Office will contact you regarding your child's eligibility to participate in our program. When you submit your application it must include copies of: Birth Certificate; Immunization Records;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; 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). You can drop off or mail the application to your local center or our Early Learning Services office at 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.
Head Start programs support children as cited on the Office of the Administration for Children and Families website (https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/hs/about):
Early learning: Children's readiness for school and beyond is fostered through individualized learning experiences. Through relationships with adults, play, and planned and spontaneous instruction, children grow in many aspects of development. Children progress in social skills and emotional well-being, along with language and literacy learning, and concept development
Health: Each child's perceptual, motor, and physical development is supported to permit them to fully explore and function in their environment. All children receive health and development screenings, nutritious meals, oral health and mental health support. Programs connect families with medical, dental, and mental health services to ensure that children are receiving the services they need.
Family well-being: Parents and families are supported in achieving their own goals, such as housing stability, continued education, and financial security. Programs support and strengthen parent-child relationships and engage families around children's learning and development.