Early Care and Education Programs

Now Enrolling children 2 years to 5 years of age for preschool programs across Imperial County.

State Preschool

For information regarding our State Preschool Program, please click here.

Head Start & Early Head Start

For information regarding our Head Start and Early Head Start services, click here.

ICOE Early Care and Education Programs (ECEP)  is the one stop shop for Child Care needs in Imperial County.

The ECEP department has been operating since 1980 and is committed to meeting the child care needs of families in Imperial County.

ECEP offers comprehensive child care and development services to Imperial County families. These services include, but are not limited to, the California State Preschool Program, Federal Head Start and Early Head Start Programs, the Resource and Referral Program, the Local Planning Council, and the Alternative Payment Program.  We help parents explore all of their child care options by providing free child care referrals and information on how to choose quality early education and child care services.  ECEP can also help income eligible families identify low cost or subsidized child care programs options in Imperial County.

Parents or providers who need information regarding child care and early education services in Imperial County may call or visit our office.

Main Office

Imperial County Office of Education
1398 Sperber Road
El Centro, CA 92243

Contact us

Michael Castillo
Senior Director, Early Care & Education Programs

Ernestina Hernandez
Administrative Assistant

Email: children@icoe.org
Phone: (760) 312-6431
Fax: (760) 312-6198

Online Child Care Referrals/ Referencias de Cuidado Infantil

Click on the button below to access our online database and find a preschool, child care center or family childcare home in Imperial County.

Oprima el boton que se encuentra abajo para poder accesar nuestra base de datos en linea que le ayudara a encontrar prescolar, centros de cuidado infantil u hogar de cuidado de niƱos en el Condado de Imperial.


Contact Information for Specific ProgramsPhone NumberFax Number
Alternative Payment Program(760) 312-6442(760) 312-6577
Center Based Programs(760) 312-6466(760) 312-6198
Early Head Start Programs(760) 312-6594(760) 312-6198
Head Start Programs(760)312-6148(760)312-6198
Resource and Referral Program(760) 312-6544 or
toll-free at (888) 420-3220
(760) 312-6198
Imperial County Early Care & Education Planning Council(760) 312-6604(760) 312-6198