Head Start & Early Head Start and State Preschool

Emergency Child Care Program for ALL Essential Workers:

As an essential worker on the frontlines of responding to the COVID-19 health crisis, or employed by an essential business, you may be eligible for the Contra Costa County Emergency Child Care Program. To support your family and ensure you have child care that enables you to continue serving our community members, child care spaces are available throughout the County for infants and children up to school age.

Go to CocoKids.org to complete a child care request.

Emergency Child Care Program for ALL Essential Workers Flier
Frequently Asked Questions

CSB provides comprehensive services for approximately 2,100 children, ages 0-5 and their families each day. This includes education, health, disabilities and mental health services as well as nutrition and family support services and resources to all CSB families enrolled in the program.  CSB maintains strict staffing ratios at all 13 centers, with a 1:8 adult: child ratio for preschool children; 1:4 for toddlers and 1:3 for infants under 18 months of age.  CSB’s dedicated staff are chosen based on their ability to provide nurturing care to young children, their formal education in Early Care and Education, background and experience and possession of a California Teacher or Associate Teacher Permit issued by the California Consortium on Teacher Credentialing.

CSB strives to ensure the classroom and program support staff is reflective of the children and families in the program. CSB ensures that staff is able to communicate with children and parents in their first language. If this is not possible, translation services are available at every location.

Head Start Curriculum

All CSB centers implement the Creative Curriculum. The research-based curriculum, informs us of how children develop and learn, promotes positive learning environments, incorporates project-based learning, partners with families and clarifies the teacher’s role as the facilitator and partner in the child’s learning. The environment (indoor and outdoor), choice and implementation of activities, and child guidance strategies are designed to maximize opportunities for each child to develop social and cultural competence. This hands-on curriculum ensures each child is ready for school by the time the transition to kindergarten takes place.

Early Head Start

The Early Head Start program serves low-income pregnant women and families with infants and toddlers from birth to age 3. This high-quality program is designed to support and nurture healthy attachments between the child and his/ her family. Services are provided in developmentally appropriate environments that promote the whole development of the child. CSB caregivers are permitted staff who have additional training in PITC (Program for Infant and Toddler Care giving) and infant and toddler development. Formula and diapering supplies are provided to every family in the program

Duration of the Program

The majority of CSB centers provide full-day, full-year care. Some centers and classrooms provide part/day and part-year services.

Hours of the Program

The Part day program hours of operation are 8-11:30AM or 1-4:30PM. Families who are working or attending training, full-day care is offered from 7:00AM-5:30 PM, with hours based on determined need.

Who Can Enroll?

Eligibility for childcare is based on a number of factors. To determine if you qualify for enrollment, call one of the enrollment hotlines below.

To enroll in one of our childcare programs, leave your name and phone number on the eligibility hotline or email, we will attempt to call you back within 48 hours.

English & Spanish: 925.272-4727

Email:  [email protected]

Another method is to print out and complete a pre-screening form (English/Spanish) and mail or fax the completed form to the corresponding address or fax number.