Early Head Start

Assisting Pregnant Moms and Infants

Early Head Start (EHS) is a federally funded comprehensive child and family development program designed to serve pregnant women and families with children from birth to three years of age in Clinton or Washington County. Proof of income and age or proof of pregnancy is required for enrollment. Parent involvement is promoted through Family Play Groups, Policy Council, Parent Committees, community classes and field trips.

EHS will assist pregnant women to access comprehensive prenatal and postpartum care and educate them about proper health and nutrition. EHS 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, as needed. EHS will provide the family prenatal education on fetal development, labor and delivery, and postpartum recovery.

EHS will assist parents to become the best teacher of their child by providing weekly one and a half hour home visits that focus on child development, health, nutrition, mental health, and socialization. EHS parents, children, and staff come together two times per month for 90 minute playgroups. Developmental and behavioral screenings are provided annually for all children. At least 10% of enrollment slots are reserved for children with disabilities.

For more information contact the Early Head Start Coordinator at AmberP@commlink.org.