School of Education USD Head Start

Early Head Start (Birth-3 years)

Building Your Child's Future with You

Early Head Start (EHS) is an inclusive high-quality child development program, which is family centered and community based with services designed for expectant families, infants, and toddlers.  EHS is a federally-funded program FREE to income eligible families.  Eligibility criteria may include family income, infant/toddler age (birth through 3 years), at-risk pregnancies, and/or a child's special needs.

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Center Base Program

The Early Head Start Center Base program offers families an opportunity for their child to receive the EHS experience in a childcare setting.  This program is designed for families who are working and going to school and need daytime childcare.  Head Start partners with a daycare to provide children with the same services that the children in the Home Base program receive.  Currently the Early Head Start Center Base program is only offered in Vermillion.

Guidelines to Enroll in the Early Head Start Center Base Program
  • Must need 31+ hours of childcare services to work or attend school.
  • Must be eligible for childcare assistance.
  • Must be able to transport child to childcare site.
  • Must have child attend childcare that is a partner with Head Start Pre-Birth through Five.

           Community Based Childcare Partner

Home Base Program

Home base units serve 10-12 families each.  A Home Visitor meets with each family 1 1/2 hours each week at a regularly scheduled time.  They provide information regarding child development and guide parents in developmentally appropriate activities.  Expectant families receive home visits for prenatal education and support. 




Families enrolled in the Home Base program meet two times per month for a group socialization experience.  PALS (Play and Learn Sessions) provide an opportunity to interact and build relationships in a specially designed environment.