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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 11, 2019

Family Size Gross Annual Income 130%
1
12,490
16,237
2
16,910
21,983
3
21,330
27,729
4
25,750
33,475
5
30,170
39,221
6
34,590
44,967
7
39,010
50,713
8
43,430
56,459
9
47,850
62,205
10
52,270
67,951
11
56,690
73,697
12
61,110
79,443

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

State Programs

Initial Certification-Effective July 1, 2019

Family Size Gross Monthly Income Gross Annual Income
1-2
5,343
64,120
3
5,802
69,620
4
6,719
80,623
5
7,794
93,522
6
8,969
106,422
7
9,070
108,841
8
9,272
111,259
9
9,473
113,678
10
9,675
116,096
11
9,876
118,516
12
10,078
120,934

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
6,144
73,738
3
6,672
80,063
4
7,727
92,716
5
8,963
107,550
6
10,199
122,385
7
10,431
125.167
8
10,663
127,948
9
10,894
130,730
10
11,126
133,510
11
11,357
136,293
12
11,590
139,074

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.