To support the educational, social and emotional development of children, ages 0-5, by providing high quality, comprehensive and family-focused early childhood services in partnership with the community.
Child Start, through the Napa Solano Head Start program, has been serving children and families in Napa County since 1965 when the Head Start program was created and in Solano County since 1996 when the agency became the grantee for the Solano Head Start program.
The program currently serves 895 children (3- and 4-year-olds) in Head Start. With the recent addition of 112 new Early Head Start families in 2010, Child Start currently serves 176 children (0-3) in classroom and home based settings. We also serve pregnant moms through a home visiting program in the months prior to birth.
In addition to the Head Start grant, Child Start is also the administrative agency for the Raising A Reader program, funded by Napa First 5, Wine Auction Napa Valley and Napa Valley Community Foundation.
In 2010, the agency was awarded a federal Mentor Coaching grant to provide intensive individual mentoring and group coaching, with an emphasis on offering support and guidance to new teachers and teams working to improve services for the children in their care.
Child Start works in partnership with other local agencies to promote a system of care that includes health, nutrition, quality child care and development, child and adult literacy, family supports and sustainability, parent involvement and leadership development.
It is the goal of Child Start to develop more community based projects to expand in mission, scope, quantity and quality child development services for young children birth to age five and their families. The mission of Child Start is to support the educational, social and emotional development of children, ages 0-5, by providing high quality, comprehensive and family-focused early childhood services in partnership with the community.
"The Child Start vision is to promote community change that values each child and family in their diversity and supports them with dignity, pride and compassion."
Child Start works under the leadership of a dynamic board of directors comprised of prestigious community leaders from Napa and Solano counties with expertise in health, social services, business, law, human resources, child development, community action, child advocacy, and local government. Clients are also represented through parent participation on the board. These strengths demonstrate the balanced representation and significant areas of expertise and community involvement necessary for successful non-profit governance.