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California Head Start Association
In California, Head Start serves approximately 25% of the preschool age children in subsidized education and care. The Head Start programs of California include 3.5 hour daily programs (some programs are full day) Monday through Friday with lunch and snacks; assessment screening for special needs – speech therapy, developmental milestones, etc.; early education emphasis on school readiness; literacy development; an Individual Education Plan developed for each child; field trips; family support services; conferences at least twice a year with caregivers (in home, if possible); and assistance with family/child transition to school or transfer to another Head Start upon a move.