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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:

831.755.0350 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)