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Learn & Apply

 
 

Organizations throughout Stanislaus County operate state or federally funded programs that provide care for infants, toddlers, and preschool age children.  These organizations access a database of families who have applied for a program or have applied to get help paying for care. This page was designed to learn about the programs available to eligible families and how to apply.

 

Program
Overview
Videos

(Use the arrow on the right side of the photo to scroll through the different program videos) 

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3 Ways to Apply

1. Call

(209) 238-6400

2) In-Person:

3) Apply Online

NOTE: We have 2 waiting lists in our county. If you are interested in both Head Start and State programs you must apply for both.  Eligibility guidelines are below.

 

 

 

Program Eligibility Guidelines

State and federal early education programs have eligibility rules that organizations must follow to enroll children and families.  Income is one way to be eligible.  To determine your income eligibility, refer to the chart below. Identify the number of family members in your household and the maximum amount of income allowable to qualify for the various funded programs.

Income is not the only category a family may qualify under. A family may be eligible if they are homeless, current cash aid recipient, open child protective service case or identified as being at-risk. Some children may enroll if their family income is over the guidelines. 

All programs enroll children with disabilities.  

 

Head Start Programs

Effective January 13, 2018

Family Size Gross Annual Income 130%
1
12,140
15,782
2
16,460
21,398
3
20,780
27,014
4
25,100
32,630
5
29,420
38,246
6
33,740
43,862
7
38,060
49,478
8
42,380
55,094
9
46,700
60,710
10
51,020
66,326
11
55,340
71,942
12
59,660
77,558

Note: Other qualifying factors include homeless, cash aid recipient, foster children and children with disabilities

State Programs

Initial Certification-Effective July 1, 2017

Family Size Gross Monthly Income Gross Annual Income
1-2
4,030
48,361
3
4,340
52,076
4
4,877
58,524
5
5,656
67,888
6
6,438
77,252
7
6,584
79,008
8
6,730
80,763
9
6,877
82,519
10
7,023
84,275
11
7,169
86,031
12
7,316
87,786

Note: Other qualifying factors include child protective services, at-risk of abuse, neglect or exploitation, homeless and cash aid recipient. Over-income part-day CSPP family with exceptional needs child.

Part-Day State Preschool

15% Over SMI

Family Size Gross Monthly Income Gross Annual Income
1-2
4,894
58,724
3
5,270
63,235
4
5,922
71,065
5
6,870
82,436
6
7,817
93,806
7
7,995
95,938
8
8,172
98,070
9
8,350
100,202
10
8,528
102,334
11
8,708
104,466
12
8,883
106,598

Note: Part-day preschool programs may only enroll up to 10% under this category. All other part-day families must meet the standard state income guidelines

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STATE AND FEDERAL EARLY EDUCATION PROGRAM LOCATIONS

There are 17 agencies in Stanislaus County that operate state or federally funded programs, with numerous child care and development sites. This document provides a quick snapshot of the agencies, their locations, programs and contact information.