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Early Head Start & Head Start

Early Head Start

Early Head Start (EHS) is a free childhood development program for infants, toddlers under the age of 3, pregnant women and families who qualify. EHS promotes child development as well as supports parents in meeting personal goals and achieving self-sufficiency for their families. They do this through the use of trained professional staff, state-approved curricula and materials, and developmental milestone assessments. EHS offers home-based services that are provided through weekly home visits to each enrolled child and family or center-based services delivered primarily in classroom settings, located in an Early Head Start center, school, or child care center.

Head Start

Head Start (HS) provides children 3-5 years of age with high-quality, educational programming in a classroom setting.  By teaching the basics of STEAM subjects (science, technology, engineering, art, math) and promoting health and nutrition, Head Start teachers and staff teach young children the skills they need to be successful in kindergarten and in life.

Is your family eligible?

General Requirements

Eligibility for both Early Head Start and Head Start is based on family income at or below the poverty level according to the Poverty Guidelines published by the federal government. Children with an eligible disability, in foster care, homeless children, and children from families receiving public assistance (TANF or SSI) are eligible regardless of income.

Local Requirements

Please contact Early Head Start or Head Start in your community to find out about each programs’ local requirements for enrolling your child.

To find a local Early Head Start or Head Start program