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 Madera Migrant and Seasonal Head Start

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Migrant/Seasonal/Winter Head Start operates in Madera County with five centers. The centers are open from 8 to 10 hours per day, five days a week.

Madera/Merced Migrant/Seasonal Head Start Policy
The Migrant/Seasonal Head Start Policy Committee and the Board of Directors share responsibility in implementing the overall goals of Migrant/Seasonal Head Start.  Please click here for more information about the Policy Committee, their members, meeting schedules, meeting agendas.

Eligibility Requirements

Families must meet requirements in order to participate, including more than 50% of income must be from agriculture, and proof of migrancy must be provided. 

  • Age Eligibility
    Your child must be six weeks to five years of age AND

  • Income Eligibility
    Your family income must meet the  2016 Federal Income Guidelines listed below:

Size of Family
Annual Income
$ 11,880

each additional child


  • A family member living with and supported by you is receiving Supplemental Security Income benefits (SSI); or
  • The family is homeless.


  • Categorical Eligibility:
    Your family is eligible if you are in any of the following categories applies:
    • Your child to be enrolled is in foster care;
    • The family is receiving benefits or services through the CalWORKs Program;


  • Eligibility for Children with Disabilities
    You may be eligible for Head Start if your child has a current Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) or Individualized Education Plan (IEP). If your child is receiving services through his/her IFSP/IEP, make sure you mention this information as your child will be placed at a higher eligibility status.

Required Documents
Your application must be complete and include copies of the following documents (documents will not be returned):

  • Birth Certificate
  • Immunization Records
  • Medi-Cal Card or Insurance Card
  • Proof of Migrancy–family has to have moved within the last 24 months.
  • Income Verification–Parents or guardians must provide income for the last 12 months or calendar year such as:
    • Pay stubs for the last 12 months or calendar year for parents/guardians;
    • Letter or printout from employer showing earning for the last 12 months or calendar year (only if unable to provide pay stubs);
    • Latest Income Tax Return or W-2 (if seasonally employed, self-employed, or if unable to provide  pay stubs; must reflect current economic status);
    • Unemployment Income;
    • Worker’s Compensation;
    • Child Support; and/or
    • Disability Income
  • Proof of Legal Custody (if child is in foster care)
  • Notice of Action from the Department of Social Services (if receiving CalWORKs)
  • Proof of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) (if applicable)
  • Homelessness Verification (if applicable and available)
  • Current IFSP/IEP (if applicable)

Completing an Application

  • Complete this Interest Form, print it out, and mail or deliver to 1225 Gill Ave., Madera, CA 93637;


  • Call the Main Office at (559) 673-0012and (559) 675-5728, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to request information about completing an application.

Your information will be forwarded to the center nearest you and you will be contacted by an Advocate to schedule an appointment.

Center Locations

900 Stadium Drive, Madera, CA 93637
Phone: (559) 662-1804    Fax: (559) 662-0256

29551 Avenue 8, Madera, CA 93637
Phone: (559) 673-0452   Fax: (559) 675-3562

29171 Desha Street, Madera, CA 93638
Phone: (559) 662-1788   Fax: (559) 662-1800

75 Adell Street, Madera, CA 93638
Phone: (559) 673-2252   Fax: (559) 673-2426

11777 Woodward Way, Madera, CA 93637
Phone: (559) 661-1169   Fax: (559) 661-0233 

18926 W. Henry Miller Rd., Los Banos, CA 93635
Phone: (209) 829-0615   Fax: (209) 829-0680

917 East Olive Avenue, Madera, CA 93638
Phone: (559) 675-9137 or (559) 675-8425
Fax: (559) 675-3857

If you have any questions contact us online or call (559) 673-0012 and (559) 675-5728, Monday through Friday 8am to 5pm.

If your child is already enrolled in Head Start, click Madera Migrant and Seasonal Head Start in the Classroom to find helpful information for current Head Start children and families.

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