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Early Head Start



MODOC EARLY HEAD START is a federally (United States Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Head Start) funded program administered by Modoc County Office of Education. Originally funded in 1998, Modoc Early Head Start provides services throughout Modoc County and bordering areas of Siskiyou and Lassen Counties. Services are provided from two Family Development Centers: in Alturas at 901 N East ‘A’ Street, and in Tulelake at 765 Main Street.

Using a home-based approach, the program is funded to serve 104 eligible children 0 to 3 years of age and expectant families. Anyone may apply for Early Head Start services; however, low-income families and children with special needs have priority for enrollment.
The four cornerstones for Early Head Start are:
1) child development
2) family development
3) staff development
4) community building
Early Head Start programs are designed to promote the development of children, and to enable their parents to fulfill their roles as parents and to move toward self-sufficiency. The program promotes the physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development of infants and toddlers through safe and developmentally enriching caregiving, preparing children for continued growth and development and eventual success in school and life.
Modoc Early Head Start supports parents and guardians in their role as primary caregivers and teachers of their children. The program assists families in meeting their own personal goals and achieving self-sufficiency across a wide variety of domains, such as housing stability, continued education, and financial security. Individualized family partnership agreements are developed with families. Families and children are linked to comprehensive community services in order to meet their personal goals and self-sufficiency needs. They are provided with age-appropriate curricular experiences and individualized educational, social-emotional, health, and nutritional services.
Program Director, Program Manager, Family Support Workers, Content Specialists and Consultants including Health, Nutrition, Disabilities, Prenatal and Coaching Specialists, along with various support staff provide the comprehensive services required by the federal regulations. (Please see the organizational structure chart linked below.)
Our Mission Statement:
To support healthy prenatal outcomes and enhance intellectual, social, and emotional development of infants and toddlers to promote later success in school and life.
Our Vision Statement:
A high-quality child development program for all eligible children using the Head Start/Early Head Start Model that enables families, children, and staff to be empowered by creating a caring, safe, and healthy environment that encourages learning and wellness.++
Our Core Values:
  • Parents are a child’s first teacher
  • Children benefit from strong attachment-based relationships with their caregivers
  • Families are a catalyst for change
  • Building on positive parent-child interactions can develop new skills for lifelong learning
  • Families are unique; services will be tailored to their individual needs
Ingrid Oliver

Ingrid Oliver

Director of Early Childhood Development
Phone: 530-233-7134


901 N East A Street
Alturas, CA 96101
765 Main Street
Tulelake, CA 96134
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