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Early Head Start

What Is Early Head Start?

Early Head Start (EHS) was launched in 1995 to provide Comprehensive child and family development services for low-income pregnant women and families with infants and toddlers ages birth to two-and-a-half years. It is a national program that promotes school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of children through the provision of educational, health, nutritional, social and other services to enrolled children and families.

The purpose of the program is to:

  • Enhance children’s physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development
  • To support parents’ efforts to fulfill their parental roles
  • To help parents move toward self-sufficiency

Each enrolled child attends at no cost and receives center-based and home-based services which include:

  • A full-day program focusing on literacy with a research-based curriculum;
  • On-going assessments to monitor the child’s progress; and
  • Services that include dental, health, nutrition, mental health, disability and family support.