Head Start Pasadena
Giving children a solid foundation for life
- A federally funded, half-day preschool program for 3- and 4-year-old children;
- Morning or afternoon classes available during the school year.
Our classrooms support children’s growth and development in a positive and safe learning environment. Onsite teaching is great for children who need hands-on learning, individualized and personalized instruction or those with special needs. Classroom time is great for parents too. Our teachers and classrooms are ready for you!
- Part-time schedules available, ranging from three to six hours Monday through Friday.
- School readiness and learning is fostered through individualized learning experiences. Through relationships with adults, play, and planned and spontaneous instruction, children grow in many aspects of development. the program helps children develop social skills and supports their 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. Families are connected 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 education. Programs support and strengthen parent-child relationships and engage families around children’s learning and development.
- Comprehensive early childhood education, health, and nutrition services to foster stable family relationships and to enhance children's physical and emotional well-being and help them develop strong cognitive skills;
- Extensive parent participation and support services offered.
The program is free for qualifying families; lunch is provided.
Our program serves those living in Highland Park, Eagle Rock, Pasadena, Altadena, Sierra Madre, Arcadia, Monrovia, San Marino, South Pasadena, San Dimas, La Verne, Claremont, and Duarte.
Classroom health and safety
At Head Start, we put children's safety and health at the forefront of learning. We follow the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, World Health Organization, local health departments and the Community Care Licensing Division.
Here are some of the steps we are taking to keep children, families and employees safe:
- Staggered class times to minimize crowds and maintain social distance;
- Maximum of 10 children and two teachers per classroom;
- Only children and staff allowed inside classrooms;
- Masks are provided and worn by children and staff;
- Touch-free temperatures are taken and health screenings are completed at the beginning of each class session;
- Children are provided their own set of learning materials stored in personalized bins;
- Books, toys and other supplies are individually wrapped and regularly sanitized;
- Surfaces are cleaned and sanitized throughout the day;
- Meals are individually wrapped and served instead of “family style”;
- Teachers actively and positively promote social distancing;
- The importance of handwashing and wearing a mask is taught to children;
- Handwashing is done regularly throughout the day.
The mission of the Head Start division is to work in partnership with parents and the community to provide quality preschool education for children, and comprehensive support services to families, thus promoting independence and success.