Early Head Start Program
The Early Head Start Program provides comprehensive, year-round, child and family development services to low-income families with children, prenatal to three years old.
During weekly home visits and parent-toddler activity groups, trained Early Head Start staff plan activities with families to foster the child's development, increase family literacy, promote healthy parent-child relationships, provide parenting support and education, and assist expectant families in preparing for their new baby. Parents are assisted with transitioning their children into Head Start or other preschool programs when the child reaches age three. Families are linked to community resources such as food, clothing, housing, child care, employment, English classes, health care and mental health counseling.
This Program is funded by a Federal grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Early Head Start Program Services
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Early Head Start Program Staff
The multi disciplinary Early Head Start staff include social workers, early childhood specialists, mental health professionals, and a registered nurse. Several of the staff are bilingual (Spanish). Staff have intensive training in Head Start and the infant mental health approach which is core to the Program model. Staff are supported by frequent supervision, ongoing training and assistance with case management.
Early Head Start Program Costs
Early Head Start is a free program for income eligible families. Families who participate in the child care option may have to pay for before and aftercare services, EHS pays for the "Early Head Start Day" which can be up to six hours per day.
For further information or to apply for services, please call the Early Head Start Program Assistant, Delmy Saenz at 301-891-1900. During the application process, you will need to submit verification of income, as well as a copy of your child's birth certificate and immunization record. Once income eligibility is determined and your application is approved, you will be notified and assigned to one of our Home Visitors.