Frequently Asked Questions
What does it cost?
Options for Learning Head Start families receive the benefits of the program without cost to them. Families must qualify by meeting the Federal Eligibility Guidelines. Family income eligibility may be waived for some families with children who have been identified with or as having special needs.
What is a Home Based Program?
Parent Educators visit families once a week for 1 1/2 hours. Through joint participation in age appropriate activities, parents and parent educators learn about the child's social and cognitive development. Bi-monthly socialization activities allow parents and children an opportunity to interact and to learn from one another in a group setting.
What are the hours for the program?
- Head Start is a 9 1/2 month program (most often corresponding with the public school calendar).
- Half day programs are either morning (8-12) or afternoon (12:30-4:30).
Is the staff qualified?
We have a highly qualified and professional staff in our Head Start program. Teachers and parent educators have a child development teacher permit and many have an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education or a Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education.
What about Parent Involvement?
Parent involvement is key to the program's planning and decision-making process through parent committees, policy council meetings and workshops. Parents are offered unique educational and hands on workshops. We believe that a child flourishes in school when a parent is making a positive impact at the child's school.
What about Community Services?
Family Service Specialists are available to assist families in accessing community resource such as food, housing, clothing, transportation, child dental services, educational training, ESL classes, counseling and employment services.
What about Health/Nutrition?
We offer health services through free dental, hearing and vision screenings. Our nutrition program provides healthy meals and snacks. We also facilitate medical and nutritional referrals.
How can I get enrolled?
- Call our division office at (626) 459-4299.
- Meet federal income guidelines (can be waived for child with an I.E.P.).
- Child must be 3-4 years old based on the school district cut-off date.
- Live in the Options for Learning Head Start South El Monte service area.