IHSD provides a variety of services for children and their families
in San Mateo County. For children under age two,
we offer Early Head Start and other infant/toddler programs. For children ages
three to five, we have several preschool programs, including Head Start. We
also provide a range of support services for parents and families of
participants in our child development programs.
- Provide a learning
environment and activities that foster independence and help children
develop socially, emotionally, cognitively, and physically.
- Promote physical growth by
providing indoor and outdoor play and learning areas with appropriate
materials and equipment.
- Integrate children with disabilities
and develop individualized programs to meet their special needs.
- Provide an educational
curriculum and resources that meet the individual needs of children
from San Mateo Countyís diverse, multicultural population.
- Care for the whole child,
including their health, nutrition, and mental health.
- Support parents as primary
educators of their children.
- Offer parents resources
and training to help them achieve their fullest potential.
- Encourage parents to
participate in the program in the following ways:
- taking part in classroom activities, such as
parent-child days and phase-in day;
- helping teaching staff plan activities and make
decisions about program content;
- reviewing their child(ren)ís educational plans and
progress and making suggestions; and
- engaging in learning activities at home with
- Help parents
learn about children growth, development, and provide learning
activities that families can do at home.
- Provide a
safe, healthy physical environment that meets state and local