Educating. Enlightening. Inspiring!

Orange Children & Parents Together has served over 24,000 at-risk preschool children since 1967. OCPT grew out of the Head Start Programs launched in 1965 as part of the War on Poverty. At OCPT we attend to the most fragile sector of our population: children ages 0 to 5 years old who are low income, English Language Learners, living in foster care, classified as homeless, struggling with special needs, and at-risk for chronic illness such as diabetes and asthma.

Our programs focus on the full range of child needs in support of school readiness: health screenings, developmental screenings, individualized attention, educational outcomes, and successful transition into kindergarten. As our mission, we are committed to providing family-friendly, community-based child development programs that enhance children’s growth, strengthen families, and foster healthy communities in Orange County. By providing school readiness and family support programs to the most vulnerable children in our community, we are ensuring that all children begin school healthy and ready to learn, with the best possible family and community support available to them.

OCPT students enter kindergarten with pre-reading skills, richer vocabulary, and stronger basic math skills than students not enrolled in early childhood education classes.
OCPT students are more likely to graduate high school and college, be employed, and earn higher incomes over their lifetime.
OCPT students are better prepared for primary education in areas of math, cognitive development, social-emotional skills, reading, and language.
Economists report early childhood education offers high return on investment – as much as $17 for every $1 invested.
“There is a garden in every childhood, an enchanted place where colors are brighter, the air softer, and the morning more fragrant than ever again.”
Elizabeth Lawrence, Author
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