CDR operates early childhood education and child care programs at 28 Head Start/State Preschool centers and a Home Base Option. These programs are located in public housing sites, at schools, in community centers, and residential neighborhoods located throughout Ventura County.
Head Start Program 2011-2012 Annual Report
The Head Start Program Annual Report is available for your information by clicking here.
Head Start/Early Head Start School Readiness Plan
To learn more about CDR's Head Start/Early Head Start Readiness Plan, please click here.
What is Head Start?
The Head Start Program, funded by the Department of Health and Human Services, Administration of Children and Families, serves 1,120 children in a part-day or full-day center or home base option.
Head Start is a no-cost comprehensive family-focused program that provides quality education and support for children (ages three to five) and their families whose family income falls within the federal poverty guidelines. The program is designed to foster healthy development and promote kindergarten readiness by enhancing social and cognitive development. Children who attend Head Start participate in a variety of educational activities. They also receive free medical screenings by trained Head Start staff as well as free dental screenings by local dentists. Healthy meals and snacks are provided and children are able to enjoy playing indoors and outdoors in a safe environment.
High-quality preschool programs provide the foundation for children to develop better emotional, intellectual and social skills which will benefit them throughout their school years and for the rest of their lives. We recognize that parents are the first and most important teachers of children and we believe that early support systems and education are fundamental to lifelong success.
To learn about our Early Head Start program for pregnant women and children ages 0-3, please click here.Additional Services
The entire range of Head Start services is designed to be responsive and appropriate to each child and family's heritage and experience. Mental health and other services are available for children and families with special needs or disabilities. The entire Head Start team is committed to offering your child love, acceptance, understanding, and the opportunity to learn and experience success.
To be eligible for enrollment in the Head Start/State Preschool
- Household income must meet the Federal Poverty Level guidelines or meet the income requirements outlined in the Schedule of Icome Ceilings for Child Care and Development Programs;
- The child must be age 3 to 5 years old;
- For full day programs, parent(s) must be working, seeking employment, attending vocational training, or attending school full time.
Enrollment Application Package
To be eligible for enrollment in the Head Start Program/State Preschool Program, you will need:
- Child's proof of birth date;
- Proof of your household income (latest income tax return, last 12 month's income documentation, or current Notice of Action for CalWorks Cash Aid, Child Care Subsidized Notice of Action, or SSI and foster;
- Child's immunization record;
- Proof of current employment and/or school or training schedule.
Parents are encouraged to review the Head Start/State Preschool Parent Handbook to learn more about the program. Please click here for Parent Handbook in Spanish. Please click here for Parent Handbook in English.
To enroll in the Head Start/State Preschool Program, please print the application below and bring to any of our Head Start/State Preschool Centers
or to the Corporate Office:
Child Development Resources
221 E. Ventura Boulevard
Oxnard, CA 93036
Click below for an application...