Early Head Start (EHS) is an inclusive high-quality child development program that is family-centered and community-based with services designed for pregnant women, infants and toddlers. EHS is a federally funded program free to income-eligible families. Eligibility criteria may include family income, infant/toddler age (pregnancy through 3 years), at-risk pregnancies and/or a child's special needs.
A home visitor meets with the family in the family’s home, once a week at a regularly scheduled time. Visits are 1.5 hours each week. They provide information regarding child development and guide parents in developmentally appropriate activities. Families enrolled in the Home Base program also have the opportunity to meet two times per month for a group socialization experience called PALS. PALS (Play and Learn Sessions) provide an opportunity for the child and parent to interact and build relationships in a specially designed environment.
Pregnant women receive home visits for prenatal education and support. Once the baby is born, the child will take over the mother’s spot in our program and be considered an Early Head Start child. (In the case of multiple births, enrollment for all children at the time of birth cannot be guaranteed)