About Early Head Start
With the re-authorization of the Head Start program in 1994, Congress established a new program for low-income families with infant, toddlers and pregnant women which is called Early Head Start.
Early Head Start programs provide early, individualized child development and parent education services to low-income families. It enables parent to be better caregivers and teachers to their children and helps them met their own goals, including economic independence.
There is an appropriate mix of home visits, experiences at the Early Head Start centers and other settings such as family or center-based child care.
The program provides early learning opportunities for infant and toddles with or with out disabilities to grow and developed in a nurturing and inclusive setting.
Early Head Start connects families with other service providers at the local level to ensure that a comprehensive array of health, nutrition and other services are provided to the families.
Early Head Start programs coordinate with local Head Start and other development programs in order to ensure continuity for these children and their families.