Give your child the very best start in life with Early Head Start. Early Head Start is designed to nurture and support your child’s physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development, from birth to age three. Pregnant mothers can even benefit from Early Head Start resources and services, such as parenting and nutrition classes to learn how to fully take care of themselves and their babies.
Infants as young as six weeks old can enroll in the Early Head Start program. For very young children, every moment is an opportunity for learning. Our Early Head Start staff is specially trained in early childhood development. We read and talk to your infants and toddlers to build vocabulary, and encourage them to explore their world through play, song, touch, sight, and sound. We use routine and structure to make them feel safe and build trust. Plus, we provide you with resources to support healthy development and learning at home, family health and nutrition, and coordinate services for children with special needs. Then at three years old, your child may transition to Head Start or another appropriate preschool program to continue their path to learning success.
Early Head Start supports your infant and toddler’s early development through:
Education – Your child will learn through fun games, songs, and activities. We help them reach early milestones such as making friends and playing with others, using their fingers and hands, following directions, expressing themselves, and showing an interest in learning. All of our staff is specially trained to work with infants and toddlers.
Family Services – Our staff works with you to create family goals and make a plan to meet those goals. We also help you find more resources in your community.
Health Services – Nothing is more important than your child’s health! We’ll work with you to make sure your child receives regular medical and dental check-ups, and can help you find free or affordable services in your area. We make getting the care your child needs a priority.
Prenatal care and education – For moms-to-be, we provide services and resources such as prenatal nutrition and parenting classes. Learn how to fully care for your newborn as well as yourself. It’s never too early to start!
Nutrition – Healthy eating fuels growing minds and bodies! We provide healthy meals and snacks, and evaluate each child’s nutritional needs. We also work with our children and families to encourage healthy choices and provide resources for home.
Special Needs – We work with every child to understand their unique needs. Children of all abilities, including those with special needs, are welcomed, supported, and included in all activities in the classroom or home. Our staff will also help connect your family to the additional resources that can best support your child.