Monterey County Office of Education

Leadership, Support and Service to Prepare All Students for Success

Dr. Deneen Guss, County Superintendent of Schools

Head Start & Early Head Start services are available at no cost to income eligible families in Monterey County. Income eligibility is based on Federal Poverty Guidelines. Services provided to children 0-5 years old, pregnant women and children with disabilities. 

Children do not need to be potty trained.  Apply now!


Fill out our Online Interest Form Now! We will contact you to complete the application process.

(English / Español)

How to Apply

Download Application for 2019-2020 school year below:

Print Application in (English / Español)

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

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 card (if applicable)
  • Health Questionnaire Form (included in application packet)- Not applicable for pregnant women.
  • Residency Questionnaire Form (included in application packet)

Mailing Instructions:

Return all documents to:

MCOE Head Start & EHS Program, P.O. Box 80851, Salinas, CA 93912-0851


Submit to your nearest Head Start Center

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 Head Start/EHS 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 Monterey County Office of Education Head Start & EHS Program. Other options families may use include the Public Transportation Agencies including the Monterey Salinas Transit Agency. Head Start and Early Head Start 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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