The Head Start Child Development Program (HSCDP) is a comprehensive, family-focused child development program providing health, mental health, nutrition, education, disabilities services, and other services to families. The program focuses on positive child and family outcomes to close the achievement gap, and to build a better future for children, families, and communities served by the Head Start Child Development Program.

We serve low-income pregnant women and children birth to five years of age.  Ten percent of the program’s enrollment must be children with a certified disability. Another ten percent of our enrollment may be children whose family income exceeds the federal poverty guidelines.

Established: The program was established in 1965 nationally and 1968 locally.

Funding We Bring to Our Community: In 2017, our budget was $7,680,886. Since the program’s inception, we’ve invested more than $130 million to our community.

HSCDP operates twelve centers throughout Lake and Mendocino Counties.  We collaborate with many agencies within the two-county service area, including The Mendocino County Department of Health & Human Services, Department of Social Services, First 5, SELPA, MPIC, Easter Seals, Redwood Coast Regional Center, Rural Communities Child Care, Foster Grandparents, Garden’s Project, Community Health Clinics and many more.

How Many People We Serve: We serve approximately 430 children and their families each year.



Head Start Testimonials

Check out these testimonials from the Head Start Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center! 

Read more here!

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You see, Head Start is still the security blanket that I hang on and I knew I had moved from a 'not supposed to be' to a 'Head Start Hero' in a matter of 16 years.

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I walked her (my daughter) to Head Start every morning and I went to classes to get my GED while she was there. Thank you to all the wonderful people that helped me with her.

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What you do does make a difference. Please keep doing what you do. I would not be standing here today, if it weren't for what I received at Head Start.

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With a hand up from programs like Head Start, I was able to graduate near the top of my Texas public high school class, from Stanford University, and from the master in business administration program at San Francisco State.

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