Head Start

Monterey County Office of Education

Leadership, Support and Service to Prepare All Students for Success

Dr. Deneen Guss, County Superintendent of Schools

Early Learning


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Program Director: Sonia Jaramillo
Phone Number: 831.755.0352

Each year Monterey County Office of Education Early Learning Program serves 732 children 3-5 years of age in partnership with the following School Districts; Alisal Union School District, Salinas Union School District, Santa Rita Union School District, Pajaro Valley/Hall School District, North County School District, Chualar School District Gonzales Unified School District (GUSD), Greenfield Unified School District (GUSD) , King City Unified School District (KCUSD). It is the Monterey County Office of Education Early Learning Program’s mission, in partnership with the community, to provide the highest quality early childhood education and comprehensive child and family services to all of our children.

Our vision is to continue to be recognized as leaders in research based early childhood education and family development, and to provide high-quality, comprehensive, seamless services based on community assessments and the individual needs of families.

We believe that children and families come to our program with unique backgrounds, experiences and strengths. Therefore, we are committed to working in full participation with families to support them in meeting their individual needs and their child and family development goals.

Additionally, good nutrition, physical activity, and sound health practices are key elements to ensure optimum brain development. Seeing the impact of healthy habits on the development of our children, we promote healthy eating and lifestyle principles throughout our programs

At the Early Learning Program, we see cultural and linguistic diversity of our community as a strength to be respected and celebrated. Consequently, we honor and reflect the diversity of our community within all aspects of our program.

We strive to continue to be leaders in child and family development by delivering the highest quality, comprehensive, seamless services, based on community needs. Our goal is to start preparing our students with the skills needed for College and Career Readiness.


Sonia Jaramillo

Program Director
Phone: 831.755.0348

Lucie Alonso

Administrative Assistant
Phone: 831.755.0348

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