Services offered by the Early Head Start program at UCLA Health

Services are provided at no cost to families in the UCLA Early Head Start Program.

Home Visits

  • Home visits are conducted by trained Early Childhood Educators that support parents in their role as first their child’s first teacher
  • Families receive a weekly 1½ hour home visit
  • Home visits cover child development, health, nutrition, school readiness activities
  • Early Childhood Educators engage parents in goal setting for their child, their family and themselves
  • Help parents improve their parenting skills and assist using the home as a learning environment
  • Early Childhood Educators use an evidence based curriculum that support the acquisition of school readiness skills


  • Parents participate in a parent and me group (“Socialization”) twice a month bringing a group experience to children
  • Socializations provide opportunities for the child to engage with other children. Activities are aimed at targeting social-emotional development skills
  • Socializations allow parents an opportunity to create social connections with other parents

Developmental Screening

  • All children receive a child development screening within 45 days of enrollment and at least twice a year thereafter
  • Families are referred to local resources if their child needs further evaluation

Ongoing Developmental Assessment

  • Children’s developmental skills are assessed at least 3 times year
  • Assessments results are used to develop school readiness goals
  • Early Childhood Educators work with families to plan activities that will stimulate development

Health Tracking and Monitoring

  • A Health Services professional supports parents in understanding their child’s health, provides referrals as necessary, ensures that children are up-to-date in their well-child care and immunization schedule
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Family Services

  • Leadership opportunities
  • Activities that encourage engagement in community events
  • Goal setting with families
  • Referrals to local community programs

Access to Professionals

All enrolled families have access to:

  • Registered Dietician – nutrition information and counseling
  • Mental Health Counselors- individual appointments and support groups available

Disability Services

UCLA Early Head Start is part of a National Program. Early Head Start Programs can be found across the country. Find one in your area using the Head Start Locator.

Service Area

UCLA Early Head Start provides services to families living in the following communities.

Arleta & Pacoima 91331
San Fernando 91340
Sylmar & Lake View Terrace 91342
North Hills 91343
Mission Hills 91345
Panorama City 91402
Van Nuys 91401, 91406, 91411, 91405, 91316, 91423

Use the Head Start Locator to find a program near you. Enter your address to see if you fall within the UCLA Early Head Start Service Area.