Monterey County Office of Education

Leadership, Support and Service to Prepare All Students for Success

Dr. Deneen Guss, County Superintendent of Schools


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!

Program Options:

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, our program options have changed and are updated below:

Process on how to apply:

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

  • Proof of ALL household income for past 12 months (Previous year 1040forms, 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:

1) Print/Download Application in (English / Español)

    Print/Download Application for Greenfield and King City in (English / Español)

2) After printed, you may scan and email it along with supporting documents to: headstartapp@montereycoe.org

    After downloaded, you may save attachment and email it along with supporting documents to: headstartapp@montereycoe.org

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

831.784.4172, 831.755.0350, or toll free 1.888.973.2800

3) Mailing Instructions:

Return 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: headstartapp@montereycoe.org 

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:

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

Note: Transportation is NOT provided by the Monterey County Office of Education Early Learning Program. Other options families may use include the Public Transportation Agencies including the Monterey Salinas Transit Agency. Monterey County Office of Education Early Learning Program may enroll up to 10% of families who are over the income guidelines based on needs such as children with disabilities. Enrollment will be selected based on the criteria point system.


Sonia Jaramillo

Program Director
Phone: 831.755.0348

Lucie Alonso

Administrative Assistant
Phone: 831.755.0348

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