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Early Head Start, Head Start, State Preschool and/or IHSD

Human Services

Early Head Start, Head Start, State Preschool and/or IHSD

Institute for Human and Social Development (IHSD)

Offers a child and family development program for low-income families to serve children from 0-5 years of age and pregnant mothers.


Provides free and subsidized programs for children from birth to age 5 in licensed centers, family child care homes, and home-based settings, IHSD's curriculum is carefully designed to support the individual needs and growth of each child and to reflect the cultural diversity of San Mateo County. Center-based services are available approximately twelve sites throughout the county and three Early Head Start Infant-Toddler Centers in Half Moon Bay, South San Francisco and San Mateo. The Head Start sites provide half-day preschool classes and full-day classes for working families. Home-based services are available for families with children age 3-5 who are living in Redwood City and Menlo Park, and are available county-wide for pregnant women and families with children age 3 or under. The home visitors provide developmental guidance, parent education and support services to the parents and children as well as twice monthly group socializations. Also provides infant care through licensed family child care providers for infants age 6 weeks to 3 years old.


Public Transit:

Varies according to location of center.
155 Bovet Road, Suite 300, San Mateo, CA 94402 37.5497181 -122.3166194 Human Services

Service Options

Languages Spoken:

  • Arabic
  • Cantonese
  • Spanish
  • Tagalog



Service Description:



None for Head Start and Early Head Start Program and State Preschool.


Children age 5 or under and their families


Child age 5 or under living in the area served and income eligible according to federal/state guidelines (for Headstart and State Preschool only). 10% of enrollment reserved for children with disabilities

How to Apply:

Apply by phone or visit Web site. Birth certificate, proof of income and immunization records required.

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Service Areas:

  • Daly City
  • East Palo Alto
  • Half Moon Bay
  • Menlo Park
  • Millbrae
  • Pacifica
  • Pescadero
  • Redwood City
  • San Bruno
  • San Mateo
  • South San Francisco