Free Meals and Services Program Enters 19th Year

Children of Income Eligible Families May Receive Free Services and Meals from County Education Office

Children, three to five years of age, whose parents are income eligible in Lompoc, Santa Ynez, and Los Alamos, can receive free State Preschool or Child Care Services Program services and meals through a program beginning its 19th year. The program is operated by the Child Development Programs division of the Santa Barbara County Education Office, William J. Cirone, Superintendent.

Children enrolled in State Preschool Programs at Clarence Ruth, Crestview, La Honda, and Arthur Hapgood schools in Lompoc; Olga Reed School in Los Alamos; and College School in Santa Ynez, receive free school readiness services three hours per day and a daily nutritious snack. Children enrolled in the Early Steps to Learning Child Care program receive full day services, school readiness services, and free breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack. Children enrolled in the Main Learning Years Infant/Toddler Center in Carpinteria receive full day services and free breakfast, lunch, and an afternoon snack.

In accordance with federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) policy, all children in attendance will be offered school readiness services and snacks at no charge, with no physical segregation of, or other discrimination against, any child because of race, color, national origin, sex, age, gender, religion, disability, political beliefs, or other personal preference.

Further information is available from the Santa Barbara County Education Office, Child Development Programs, at 964-4711, ext. 4456.

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