Early Head Start

Assisting Pregnant Moms and Infants

The First Step Early Head Start program is a no cost, federally funded, home-based program for expectant mothers and for children birth to 3 years old in Clinton County and Washington County. The program has 54 funded slots. 

The program offers:

  • a no-cost program in which family income is used as one criteria for eligibility.
  • weekly home visits by a qualified parent educator. Home visits are 90 minutes in length.
  • playgroups and activities for the entire family.
  • curriculum and activities to support child learning and development in the first three years of life.
  • assistance and resources for children with disabilities.                 
  • help linking families to community resources.
  • bilingual services.
  • transportation for enrolled participants to appointments (doctor, dentist, WIC, etc.) and to playgroups and parent trainings.
  • age-appropriate, research-based curriculums, such as Parents as Teachers and Partners for a Healthy Baby.
  • parents the skills and encouragement to learn how to be their child’s first and life-long teacher.

Prenatal Services

  • EHS will assist women to access comprehensive prenatal and postpartum care and educate them about proper health and nutrition.
  • Staff members will encourage parents to keep prenatal appointments, including medical and dental examinations.
  • Mental health interventions and follow-up, as well as substance abuse prevention and treatment will be encouraged, when necessary.
  • Prenatal education on fetal development, labor and delivery, and postpartum recovery will be provided.

For more information about EHS, please contact Amber at AmberP@commlink.org or (618) 526-3961.

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