Shasta Head Start is dedicated to empowering families, and building strong relationships as we partner to achieve goals and develop strategies that enhance each parent's skill as their child's first and most important teacher.
Shasta Head Start offers several Early Head Start and Head Start program options to meet your family's needs.
Early Head Start options serve pregnant mothers and babies age birth to three, and operate full day, full year.
Head Start options serve children age three to five years of age, and depending on the center, operate either part day or full day, and part year or full year.
Both Early Head Start and Head Start offer center based programs as well as home visiting programs. Each option is unique and determined according to your needs.
Center based program option: Hours of operation for center-based programs vary by location and operate either four or five days per week to provide high quality programming with transportation available on a limited basis. Children make friends, learn, and develop school readiness skills.
Home based program option: A staff member visits your home once per week for approximately 1-1/2 hours and playgroups are offered at a central location two times per month. Home visits are individually designed for each family, and generally cover topics such as child development, parenting techniques, health, and nutrition. This is a wonderful opportunity to socialize, develop friendships and school readiness skills.
Teen Parent Program
Home Visiting Program
8 weeks – 18 months
18 months – 3 years
3 - 4 years
8 weeks - 3 years
Prenatal - 3 years
4 center locations
7 center locations
Home Visitor (pre/post natal visits)
3 center locations
20 Home Visitors
Income Guidelines: (HHS Poverty Guidelines)
Shasta Head Start serves qualifying children and families based on income guidelines established by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The guidelines require that 90% of children enrolled are from low-income families and at least 10% of available enrollment is for children with special needs. Up to 10% of enrollment may be for families who exceed income guidelines, but meet other criteria for selecting such children who will benefit from the program.
Shasta Head Start uses the public school start date for determining age eligibility for children enrolling in the program.
Children with Special Needs:
Shasta Head Start recruits and offers services at centers which are designed to accommodate children with special needs ranging from mild (i.e., speech/language delays) to severe (i.e., spina bifida, mental retardation, Down’s Syndrome).
Recruitment: Shasta Head Start offers a variety of recruitment events and activities throughout the communities we serve. Information is available at community events, job fairs, and public agencies; through publications in the newspaper, Parents Magazine, postings, and canvassing the areas we serve. During recruitment we solicit as many applications as possible, and assist families if needed in filling out the application.
Waitlist: Children and their families are placed on waitlists, according to need, only at times when there is no availability to enroll directly. Waitlist placement is based on eligibility points which ranks applicants according to the established criteria, and is maintained through regular contact with families to update information as needed.
Selection: Children are selected from the waitlist according to our selection criteria (income, age, need) that considers all eligible applicants for Head Start services. After an applicant is selected, the family is contacted, and the application and enrollment process is completed.
Family & Community Partnership Manager
Family Services Coordinator
Parent Engagement Coordinator
Contact Family Services
Shasta Head Start Family Services Department
375 Lake Blvd. Ste. 100
Redding, CA 96003
Phone: (530) 241-1036
Fax: (530) 241-2703