Head Start

Due to the current COVID-19 Pandemic, the Child Development office and ABC Unified School schools are closed due to the pandemic.

Debido a la actual pandemia de COVID-19, la oficina de Desarrollo Infantil y las escuelas de la Escuela Unificada ABC están cerradas debido a la pandemia.
If you are interested in Head Start services please click on the link below.
Si está interesado en los servicios de Head Start, haga clic en el enlace a continuación.

The Head Start program is federally funded through the Administration of Children and Families (ACF), the Department of Health, Education and Welfare, and the State of California with ABC Unified School District.


The Head Start Program is designed to meet the needs of preschool children from low-income families and children with disabilities. Children are enrolled in the Head Start program for one to three years, depending the child's age, prior to entering Kindergarten. 


As part of the Strategic Plan, ABC Unified School District has made student achievement a priority. The Head Start program encompasses this vision and, in concert with the district, strives to achieve “School Readiness” for all children in the program.  To ensure a healthy development of the whole child and a successful transition into primary education, children will develop pre-academic skills and achieve developmental milestones.

 Program Enrollment

The California Department of Education, Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE),  and Office of Child Develop­ment establish the guidelines for service eligibility.  Priority is given to children who are three years old. The family’s gross yearly income cannot exceed the income ceiling established by the Health and Human Services (HHS) Department. To determine if a family meets the guidelines to participate in program the following documents must be presented to Head Start staff for review:

  • Proof of Income (1040 Tax Return, CalWorks, SSI, or any other documentation of any other sources of income)
  • Proof of Residency in the form of a utility bill (gas, electric, water, and trash only)
  • Child’s Birth Certificate
  • Immunization Record
  • Child’s Medical Insurance Card

Days and Hours of Operation

Head Start/State Preschool programs are currently in operation at six elementary schools within ABC Unified School District. Children attend school Monday- Friday for 6 hours.

Aloha, Carver, Hawaiian, Kennedy, Melbourne, Niemes and Willow       

For further questions, assistance, or concerns please contact the Child Development Office.


  1. American Psychological Association Guidance on Keeping your Distance to Stay Safe
  2. Supporting Young Children Isolated Due to Coronavirus
  3. Parent Caregiver Guide (English)
  4. Guía para padres y cuidadores (Spanish)
  5. Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus) A Parent Resource (English)
  6. Hable con sus hijos sobre el COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Un recurso para padres (Spanish)
  7. A Social Story to Discuss COVID-19 with Young Children


Here are instructions for parents to access SecondStep resources online:

  • Go to https://www.secondstep.org/create-account
  • Click on “Create Account”
  • Enter your email address and create a password
  • Complete the “Create Account” fields
  • For Job title, select "Parent"
  • Enter your State, city, and select your student's school
    • note: if you do not see your student's school listed, please scroll to the bottom of the drop-down menu and select "My school/organization is not listed"
  • Enter your family activation key under "Product activation key": SSPEFAMILY68
  • Navigate to "My Dashboard"
  • Find your student's grade level, under SEL Program, Click on "Resources"
  • Click "READ MORE" under the category of your choosing

Please be sure to email us if you need anything: lora.ballard@abcusd.us

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District Office West

11011 Artesia Boulevard

Cerritos, CA 90703

(562) 229-7985 
8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 
Monday – Friday