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Head Start and Early Head Start are comprehensive child development programs which serve children from birth to age 5, pregnant women, and their families. They are child-focused programs and have the overall goal of increasing the school readiness of young children in low-income families.

The Head Start program has a long tradition of delivering comprehensive and high quality services designed to foster healthy development in low-income children. Head Start provides a range of individualized services in the areas of education and early childhood development; medical, dental, and mental health; nutrition; and parent involvement.

The Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo County Head Start/Early Head Start Program makes special efforts to ensure that children with special needs are able to participate in all aspects of the program either in an inclusive home- based or preschool classroom environment. The program reserves at least 10% of its enrollment slots for children with disabilities and no child will be denied enrollment because of a disability.

A variety of programs are available for parents, including full-day, full-year for parents working or going to school; part-day, full-year; part-day, part-year; and other options. For more information, please contact the center closest to your home:

Atascadero and Templeton (805) 466-0417
Cambria and Cayucos (805) 927-0830
Arroyo Grande, Grover Beach, Pismo Beach, Oceano (805) 473-1657
Nipomo (805) 929-3366
Paso Robles and San Miguel (805) 238-5323
San Luis Obispo (805) 594-1752 or (805) 542-0320
Los Osos and Morro Bay (805) 528-3717