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General Agency Information
Name:Child and Family Development Programs
Alternate Name(s):Early Head Start
Encompass Community Services
Head Start
Santa Cruz County Head Start
Address:225 Westridge Drive
Watsonville, CA  95076
Driving Directions
Primary Phone:831-688-3802
Days/Hours of Operation/Phone:Call for Times
Description:Our high quality child development programs for infants, toddlers and preschool age children are available for families living in Santa Cruz County. Our Early Head Start, Head Start and First Five programs are no cost for income eligible families. For our State Preschool Program a monthly family fee is based on a sliding fee scale.
Programs:Head Start supports school readiness and promotes healthy families through delivery of education, health and social services.

Early Head Start enrolls low-income families with infants and toddlers. The pre-natal months and the first three years of life are periods of incredible growth in all areas of a baby's development. Parents too, experience this exhilarating growth as they engage and get to know their baby. Early Head Start helps children and their parents get off to a good start and establish healthy patterns for life-long learning.

Families Together is an innovative child and family development program providing home-based services to families living throughout Santa Cruz County. The overall goal is to reduce the number of re-referrals to Child Welfare Services by improving child and family well-being.

PAPAS Supporting Father Involvement (S.F.I.), is a state-funded research project which offers parent groups and social activities designed to strengthen the father-child bond. Our goals are to increase positive father-child relationships and promote the role of fathers in the lives of their young children.

Side-by-Side is a unique early childhood mental health/consultation/social service program. The mission of the program is to address the mental health needs and improve the social/emotional functioning of children between 0-5 years of age who are exhibiting challenging or concerning behaviors in the state-subsidized childcare and pre-schools they attend within Santa Cruz County.

Starlight Infant/Toddler Program offers a wide variety of comprehensive bilingual services for expectant parents and families with infants and toddlers in the Watsonville area of south Santa Cruz County. A key goal is to create a "learning community" that promotes early literacy skills and helps lay a solid foundation for school readiness.

State Preschool/Literacy is half-day preschool program funded by the State Department of Education Child Development Division. The program offers two preschool classes in Watsonville for 4 year old children to receive comprehensive services to ensure school readiness.

All CFDP programs provide supportive services to parents of children with disabilities. Head Start and Early Head Start reserve 10% of their total enrollment specifically to serve children with disabilities.

All CFDP programs offer home visits to provide social services, and in the child development programs to support the parental role in children's healthy development.
Languages other than English:Spanish
Accommodations for Disabled:Parking & Wheelchair Access
Public Transportation:Call for information
Eligibility:See Description Notes
Areas Served:Santa Cruz County
Physical Location:Watsonville
Funding Source:County Government
Related Agencies
Parent Agency:Encompass Community Services
Subject Headings
 Child Abuse Prevention
Children with Disabilities
Early Childhood Education
Early Head Start
Families with Children
Head Start
Head Start Sites
Literacy Instruction
Low Income
Parenting Education
Physical Disabilities
Pregnant Teens
Pregnant Women
Preschool Age Children
Private Nonprofits
Special Education
Volunteer Opportunities
This record last modified July 27, 2016