Madera Migrant and Seasonal Head Start

teacher with childrenMigrant/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.

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  2019 Federal Income Guidelines listed below:
Size of Family
Annual Income
$ 12,490
$ 21,330
$ 25,750
$ 30,170
$ 34,590
$ 39,010
$ 43,320

each additional child

+$ 4,420

  • 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 homeless
    • The family is receiving benefits or services through the CalWORKs Program; or
    • A family member living with and supported by you is receiving Supplemental Security Income benefits (SSI).
  • 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 675 S. Pine St. Unit # 101, Madera, CA 93637


  • Call the Main Office at (559) 673-0012, 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

Please see Locations for a list of Head Start locations and Session schedules

Additional Information

If you have any questions contact us online or call (559) 673-0012, 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.