For Parents

Northcoast Children’s Services Program Options 

Northcoast Children’s Services offers several free and low cost programs throughout Humboldt and Del Norte Counties for pregnant women and families with children ages 0 to 5 focused on School Readiness and Family Partnership.

Programs for Pregnant WomenEarly Head Start Home Base

Programs for Children Ages 0-3Early Head Start Home Base, Early Head Start Preschool & Infant Toddler Child Care

Programs for Children Ages 3-5Head Start Home Base, Head Start Preschool, State Preschool and Childcare

Our programs work in partnership with parents to promote healthy child development in the areas of language and literacy development, cognitive development, large and small motor development,  social emotional development and health and safety knowledge.

In addition to educational services, Head Start and Early Head Start programs partner with families to reach their goals for family needs, wellness, safety,  life skills, and parenting.

  • Head Start/Early Head Start Center Base preschool offers developmentally appropriate activities for each enrolled child in a licensed center. In addition, comprehensive family services including health, mental health, parenting and social services are offered.
  • Head Start Combo offers 3 days of center based preschool along with a monthly home visit.
  • State Preschool offers part day, school year preschool for 5 days per week. The preschool provides developmentally appropriate activities for each enrolled child in a licensed center.
  • Full Day Child Care Programs offer full day services for those parents/guardians who need services while they are working, going to school, seeking work, or have incapacity. Hours of care are based on family need.  Child care is provided for Infants and Toddlers (Arcata and Crescent City only); and preschoolers (Fortuna, Eureka).  There may be a fee for services for these programs.
  • Head Start / Early Head Start Home Base preschool services. In the home base option a home visitor visits the parent and child in their home once a week.  Weekly visits include parent/child activities, wellness, nutrition, development and parenting information.  There are also playgroups and parent meetings where you and your child interact with other parents and children in a classroom environment.