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Head Start Program


The Head Start Program is committed to providing our children and families with a wide-range of exceptional services.


In addition to the classroom experience, 702 preschool students are supported by the provision of comprehensive medical, dental, and nutrition services.  Families are also assisted with social services and mental health issues, as needed.


The High/Scope Educational Approach for Preschoolers supports the social, emotional, linguistic, physical, and intellectual growth of each child.  It emphasizes active learning and developmentally appropriate practices. 

Qualifications for Entry into the Head Start Program

The Head Start Program is offered at no cost for limited-income families who qualify and does not discriminate due to race, sex, religion, or disabilities. 

The following is the necessary criteria to qualify for entry into the Head Start Program:

  • Age – A child must be 4 years old by October 1st to be eligible for the program. However, children who are 3 years old by October 1st may be considered.
  • Income – Family must either receive CalWorks or meet federal low-income guidelines.
  • Residence – Children must live in the Montebello Unified School District’s attendance area. 

Location of 39 Classes

The Montebello Unified School District Head Start Program has 39 classes at 11 sites within the following cities:

  • Bell Gardens:
    Bell Gardens Elementary
    Garfield Elementary
    Suva Elementary
  • East Los Angeles:        
    Joseph Gascon Elementary
    Montebello Park Elementary
    Winter Gardens Elementary
  • Montebello:                  
    Fremont Elementary
    Greenwood Elementary
    Washington Elementary                                             
  • Pico Rivera:                 
    Montebello Gardens Elementary
  • Monterey Park:
    Bella Vista Elementary

Eligible children would attend Head Start classes at their designated school.  However, if Head Start classes are not offered at your elementary school, children may participate in Head Start classes nearest to them.  For enrollment information, please call 323-887-7963