Preschool/Head Start

Preschool is SO important! This is more than just playtime for your child, but a crucial time for them to develop pre-academic and social-emotional skills, so that they can start Kindergarten ready to learn.

The California State Preschool Program is a full or part-day program, available to children 3-5 years old, which prepares them for Kindergarten. Contact your local school district for availability and registration.

Head Start is a federal program, available full or part-day to children 3-5 years old, with sites in nearly every city. Click here to view a website that allows you to search for sites near you.

If your child has mental health needs or challenging behaviors, they may be eligible for a therapeutic preschool setting. There are two therapeutic preschools available that may be able to provide support to manage their behavior:




Early Childhood
Mental Health

Preschool /
Head Start

Preschool Special


Additional Links


EBCLO’s Education Advocacy Program works to help youth succeed in school.

Mental Health Advocacy

Mental health is a critical and often overlooked aspect of a young person’s health. This page provides resources that can help.

Special Education

EBCLO’s Education Advocacy Program advocates on behalf of Alameda County foster youth receiving or in need of special education services wherever they may be placed.