About Home Start

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Strengthening Families. Protecting Children.

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We recognize that all children hope for a bright future. That’s why Home Start works tirelessly to help families identify and use their strengths to build a better future for themselves. We are committed to a community-based collaborative effort to reach children and families at risk and prevent child abuse and neglect. It takes a dedicated staff, working every day to make changes. This philosophy applies beyond those we help, to the entire San Diego region, which benefits from:

-Proven practices that stop abuse within families and in our neighborhoods
-Outreach programs that respond to specific community needs
-Education and assistance to improve parenting

Throughout our diverse and expansive network, you will find: a shared commitment from our staff and partners to assure every child has a safe, stable, and nurturing home.

Our therapists possess or are pursuing Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Masters of Family Therapy (MFT) or clinical psychology licenses that adhere to the highest professional standards. Many are bilingual and all possess a sensitivity to, and understanding of, ethnic and cultural differences.

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Founded in 1972 as a highly successful, national Head Start demonstration project, Home Start provides services to children living in poverty who require immediate, comprehensive solutions to ensure their safety and healthy development. In 1977, Home Start incorporated as a San Diego-based, private non-profit agency dedicated to child abuse prevention and family strengthening services.

Since our founding, Home Start’s countywide programs and services have proved to increase the stability, self-sufficiency and parenting knowledge of the families who receive our services.

Did You Know?

  • The US Advisory Board on Child Abuse and Neglect estimates that approximately 1,500 infants and young children die from maltreatment each year.
  • Approximately 70,000 reported cases of child abuse are reported in San Diego County annually.
  • In 2009, there were 17,622 reports of domestic violence in San Diego County, which represents a five percent increase over the previous year.

We recognize that all children hope for a bright future. That’s why Home Start, Inc. works tirelessly to help families identify and use their strengths to build a better future for themselves through the array of Programs and Services offered. Services are home-and-center based and provided free of charge or on a sliding scale. Last year we served over 40,000 families in San Diego and surrounding counties.