New Head Start Classrooms open at Cook Middle School!

Ribbon cutting for new Head Start classrooms Wednesday, March 28

Community Action Partnership of Sonoma County warmly invites you to a ribbon cutting for the debut of three brand-new Head Start and Early Head Start classrooms! Thanks to the generous support and partnership of Santa Rosa City Schools, more children in Sonoma County will have access to excellent early-childhood education and be prepared to succeed in kindergarten!


Photo Credit: Press Democrat Archives, August 22, 1965

Head Start was founded in Sonoma County in 1964 with a class of 38 pre-school aged children enrolled at Windsor School (see article below). Since that time, Head Start has been a beloved and prized national education program closing the educational inequality gap between well- and less-resourced school districts and communities. Head Start has evolved from an eight-week program into a year-round school readiness program that serves over 430 children in Sonoma County each year. Each classroom allows a dedicated teaching staff to give individual and specialized support to each child, and improve language skills, healthy social skills, and academic habits.

Not only do Head Start kids benefit from a fantastic learning environment, they are supported with excellent nutrition and fresh meals each day of the school year! In the early years of Head Start, parents prepared and served children healthy and homemade meals. Today, Head Start has a central kitchen with a full time chef and staff delivering hot breakfast and lunch to each of the 18 program sites across the county each day!

Come discover more about this national treasure here in Sonoma County. We look forward to welcoming you to our new and beautiful Head Start classrooms on March 28th!