Early Head Start

Early Head Start (EHS) is a federally funded community-based program for low-income families with infants and toddlers and pregnant women.  Its goals are simple:

  • to promote healthy prenatal outcomes for pregnant women
  • to enhance the development of very young children
  • to promote healthy family functioning

EHS has two program options: Home Visitation Services and Center Based Services.  Through these two program options, EHS provides individualized child development, parent education and early opportunities for infants/toddlers with and without disabilities to develop in nurturing and inclusive settings.  The Home Visitation option consists of weekly 90-minute home visits, twice a month socialization groups, breastfeeding support, prenatal education, and labor support classes. The Center Based option provides year-round childcare from Monday-Friday between the hours of 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.  All diapers, wipes, bottles, food and formula for the enrolled child are provided. It is not required that toddlers be potty trained to enroll.

Both options include:

  • Individualized curriculum and early literacy activities
  • Parent engagement and family support
  • Disabilities support (in collaboration with Part ‘C’ provider, 10% federal mandate)
  • Ongoing developmental assessment
  • Guidance in meeting family goals
  • Program governance activities
  • Health, safety, and nutrition education
  • Registered nurse on staff
  • Community engagement
  • All services are of no cost to families