“Pasitos” Early Head Start
Our "Pasitos" Early Head Start program offers services that support the physical, social, and emotional development of infants and toddlers. Through education, socialization experiences, and more, our program also helps new parents become self-sufficient in order to best support their children. Comprehensive services are also available for pregnant women during their pregnancy journey.
Our staff is bilingual (English and Spanish) and is happy to help guide you through the enrollment process. Submit an interest form today!
These services are completely FREE for eligible families.
Please note that in order to keep our families and staff safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made several changes to our program.
A summary of changes is below:
- Our State Preschool Centers are currently open with face mask use and social distancing required among staff and parents, among other safety measures.
“As a single mom, I feel very supported by the ‘Pasitos’ program because they really care. Thank you for all you have done to help my family!”
- Cristina, Early Head Start client
We offer a center-based and a home-based option for our Early Head Start families.
Our program has a center located in the city of South Gate for children of parents who work or attend school full time. This option is only available for children at least 18 months of age.
12221 Industrial Ave.
South Gate, CA 90280
Center Hours: 8:00 a.m – 3:00 p.m.
The home-based option provides services to children and their families through weekly home visits and group socialization experiences. Each home visit is focused on the parent as the child’s most important relationship and first teacher. The home visits help parents improve their parenting skills and educate them in the use of the home as the child’s primary learning environment.
The home-based option provides opportunities for group socialization two times per month, either in an Early Head Start classroom, home, community facility, or a field trip.
Socialization events are held at the following locations:
- Westside Center – 9200 State Street, South Gate, CA 90280
- Bell Gardens Center – 6800 Florence Ave., Bell Gardens, CA 90201
Our Early Head Start program is available for pregnant women and children ages 0-3 that reside in the zip codes of 90201 (Bell Gardens, Cudahy, Bell) and 90280 (South Gate). Services are free for families who meet federal income guidelines. We also serve families who have a household income up to 10% above the guidelines. For more information on eligibility, please contact our early childhood education team at (323) 513-0594 ext. 400.
Enrollment is now open for 2021! Please click the button below to submit an interest form. After we receive your form, we will contact you to set up an enrollment appointment. All information submitted via the interest form is encrypted and sent to a secure database.
Click here to download the "Pasitos" Early Head Start flyer to share with others who may be interested in our services.
- Birth certificate/hospital certificate
- Immunization record
- Proof of income (W-2, Income Tax, TANF/CalWORKs Document, or SSI Notice Letter)
- Proof of residence