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Welcome to the Orange County Head Start Family!

We're so excited you're considering our Head Start or Early Head Start program for your child! We know you want the best for your little one, and we're confident Orange County Head Start can be a wonderful first step on their educational journey.

As you begin your online application, we want to assure you that this process is simple and confidential. Your information will be used solely to determine eligibility and connect you with the right program for your family.

What does Orange County Head Start offer?

  • High-quality learning: Our playful and enriching curriculum focuses on social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development, preparing your child for kindergarten and beyond.

  • Support for families: We offer resources and programs for parents and caregivers, including health screenings, family engagement activities, and connections to community support.

  • Inclusive environment: We welcome children of all backgrounds and abilities, fostering a sense of belonging and celebrating diversity.

Ready to get started?

The online application is designed to be easy to navigate, but we're here to help every step of the way. If you have any questions or need assistance, please don't hesitate to contact us at 714-241-8920 or enrollment@ochsinc.org.

Please fill out the form below using the legal name for parent(s) and child(ren). Please note that all information will be verified through a phone interview, if applying for a child, we will request proof of age documentation. Pregnant women interested in the program are only eligible for Early Head Start Home Base; the online application cannot be used to apply in advance for the Early Head Start Center Base option before the child is born. After submitting the application, you will automatically be redirected to your child’s portal to upload the required eligibility documents. If you do not have the documents when submitting the application, please send an email to enrollment@ochsinc.org to request the Application Documentation Checklist and your parent portal link. You may also submit the required documents by fax 714-640-2332 or in-person at any center or Administrative Office. By submitting this application you understand you must provide all required documentation with 10 days in order for the application to be processed and that completion of this application does not guarantee enrollment. Please contact our enrollment department for any other questions at 714-241-8920.
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We look forward to welcoming you and your child to the Orange County Head Start family!

Next steps:

Once you've completed the application, a member of our team will be in touch to schedule an eligibility interview. This is a great opportunity to learn more about our program and ask any questions you have.

Additional Information:

You can learn more about our program offerings and eligibility requirements on our website: OCHS Website

We encourage you to explore our social media pages for updates, resources, and glimpses into our classrooms: Facebook

We look forward to partnering with you on your child's journey to a bright future!
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