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Giving Children a Head Start...

Head Start is a comprehensive child development program designed to meet the educational, emotional, social, health, and nutritional needs of children and families. The program encompasses much more than what is generally thought of as a preschool program. The overall goal of Head Start is to bring about a greater degree of "social competence" to children and their families. Social competence refers to the everyday effectiveness in dealing with both present environment and later responsibilities in school and life. Children and families leave Head Start more confident in their own abilities and ready to succeed.

Nationally, Head Start began providing services in 1965 and is now available to children and families in counties throughout the country. Locally, Orange County Head Start, Inc. (OCHS) has been in existence since 1979 and currently services over 4,000 children. Head Start services are available to preschool children from low-income families at no cost. OCHS has centers located throughout the county. Contact your local Head Start office to see if you child is eligible to enroll.

Our Goal...

The overall goal of Head Start is to bring about a greater degree of “social competence” to children and their families.  Social competence refers to the everyday effectiveness in dealing with both present environment and later responsibilities in school and life. Children and families leave Head Start more confident in their own abilities and ready to succeed.

Our Mission...

We provide children and their families with quality childhood development programs and integrated support services.

Our Vision...

Orange County Head Start, Inc. (OCHS) is the catalyst that launches children and their families to a brighter future.

OCHS Guiding Principles ...

  • Advocacy – We advocate on behalf of the children we serve by providing access to resources and protection of their rights and interests.
  • Empowerment – We provide the tools and environment to empower children and their families.
  • Learning – We are an organization dedicated to learning at all levels, especially for the early childhood years.
  • Partnerships – We deliver services through partnerships and collaboration.
  • Quality – We ensure the quality of our programs through continuous improvement and outcome-based practices.
  • Respect – We respect diversity and acknowledge the value it brings to our community.
  • Wellness – We are committed to the emotional and physical well being of our children, families, and staff.