Note on program updates due to COVID-19: Migrant and Seasonal Head Start currently has limited center based options available and is also providing distance learning options. Family Child Care options remain open.


The CAPSLO Migrant and Seasonal Head Start (MSHS) program provides high quality, no-cost child care and preschool services to low-income families whose primary income is from agricultural production or harvesting.

The program serves families with children from the birth through age five, with some additional services for pregnant women.

Since 1981, CAPSLO Migrant and Seasonal Head Start has provided child care programs with the needs of migrant farm working families in mind. The program offers a blend of center-based preschool and family child care options close to where families live and work with schedules that accommodate the long hours associated with agricultural work.

Migrant and Seasonal Head Start is more than just “day care”– the program helps children get ready to succeed in school and life by focusing on the child’s overall health and development, while helping parents increase their confidence through education and program involvement opportunities.

For more information about what the Migrant and Seasonal Head Start program offers to families, please explore the links below:

To apply for this no-cost program or learn about eligibility requirements, please call (888) 315-6741.

CAPSLO MSHS program operates in agricultural communities in the following nine counties:

  • Fresno County
  • Kern County
  • Monterey County
  • Orange County
  • Santa Barbara County
  • San Benito County
  • San Joaquin County
  • San Luis Obispo County
  • Ventura County

Apply to Migrant and Seasonal Head Start Programs

Call 1.888.633.6747

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