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About Enrollment and Eligibility

Head Start & California State Preschool Program slots are available to eligible families in Monterey County. Income eligibility is based on Federal and/or State Poverty Guidelines. Services provided to children 3-5 years old, including children with disabilities. Children DO NOT need to be potty-trained. Apply now!


Enrollment Funding Number of Students

Head Start Enrollment
Preschool age 3-4 years before September 2nd


California State Preschool Program
Preschool age 3-4 years before September 2nd

Total enrollment: 708


Process on How to Apply

1) Gather required documents to determine eligibility, application cannot be processed without the following:

  • Proof of ALL household income for past 12 months (Previous year 1040 forms, W2s, check stubs, TANF (cash aid)/Passport to Services report, unemployment, child support, and disability pay stubs.)
  • Child's immunization record
  • Child's birth certificate
  • Child's Medi-Cal or insurance card (if applicable)
  • Health Questionnaire Form (included in application packet)
  • Residency Questionnaire Form (included in application packet)

2) Fill out an Online Application:

Fill out our Online Application now by clicking the links below! We will contact you to complete the application process after you submit your online application: English / Español

Or Print/Download Application:
Print or Download the Application in English or Español / For Greenfield and King City in English or Español

Printed: scan and email it along with supporting documents to

Downloaded: save the attachment and email it along with supporting documents to

If you need assistance or have any questions regarding the application, please call:

831.784.4172 or 831.755.0350 or toll free 1.888.973.2800

3) Mailing Instructions:

Mail all documents to:

MCOE Early Learning Program
901 Blanco Circle
Salinas, CA 93912-0851

Or submit to your nearest Early Learning Program Center

Or email to: 

4) We will contact you after we process your application to inform you of the eligibility status.

Health Note: Before children can start class in the Early Learning Program, each child must be up to date on health care. On the first day of school, please bring:

  • A copy of your child's current physical exam and results of a TB risk assessment completed by your child's doctor.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)