Free preschool opportunities offered through Head Start program

Head Start programs in Oakhurst and North Fork will be closing for the summer on May 22, and will reopen in late August. There is still time to complete an application for your child for enrollment in the upcoming 2015-16 program year.

Head Start provides a free, comprehensive, high quality preschool program designed to foster healthy development for income eligible children and families.

The program focuses on increasing the social competence of young children 3 to 4 years of age in Madera and Mariposa counties. Services include early childhood education, medical and dental screening and follow up, services to children with disabilities, social skills, nutrition and family services. For the 2015-16 program year, your child must turn 3 years old by September 1, 2015.

To schedule an appointment to apply, call soon; Oakhurst Head Start, (559) 658-8171 or Mountain Head Start, North Fork (559) 877-2352.

You will need to provide the following documents: your child’s birth certificate, immunization records (must be up-to-date), Medi-Cal or other insurance card, and family income verification for twelve months (tax return, W-2’s, Passport to Services, Social Security, TANF, etc.). Income eligibility is based on the 2015 Federal Poverty Guidelines.

You may apply over the summer in Madera by contacting Community Action Partnership of Madera County, 1225 Gill Ave., Madera, (559) 673-9173.

- Mountain Head Start