LACOE early childhood education programs prepare even the littlest learners for school. Designed for children of different ages and abilities, from birth to age five, our programs address the needs of the whole child with a special focus on learning skills and literacy. Studies show that when a child starts school with the social and academic skills they need to learn, they are more likely to be successful throughout their school years. All of our programs work toward this goal and are offered free of charge.
- Early Head Start provides prenatal health and parenting classes for pregnant women, helping them take the best care of their baby before and after birth. As the infants grow, center-based and home-based Early Head Start programs provide appropriate developmental activities and nurturing up to age three. We interact with children and their families daily, using fun activities like games and songs to help them develop the skills they will need for later learning.
- Head Start gets children from ages three to five prepared to start kindergarten. We make learning fun while giving kids the social skills and educational foundation they need to succeed. Many centers offer half-day sessions, with home-based and full-day programs available in some communities.
- California State Preschool Program and the General Child Care and Development Center-based Program offer early education, family, and health services in center-based settings. We use age-appropriate activities to help children build their foundation for learning. State programs offer part-day and full-day sessions.
LACOE works with 17 agencies, including childcare providers, school districts, and nonprofits, to ensure children and families receive excellent services. Our staff is trained to respect cultural differences and we make a best effort to provide services in families’ preferred languages. We also work with our agencies to get parents involved, both in the classroom and at home. We connect families with valuable resources in their community and the services they need most, including health, nutrition, disability assistance, and family services.
Our early childhood education programs serve nearly 13,000 pregnant women, infants, toddlers, and three-to-five-year olds in Los Angeles County. We believe every child deserves a head start in life.