What is Early Head Start?
Early Head Start (EHS) is a federally funded community-based program for low-income pregnant women and families with infants or toddlers.
- Center-based classroom time & home visits or
- Home visits & parent group time
- Health/nutrition screenings, education & support
- Access to community resources, including physical & mental health services
- Group activities for children & parents
- Parenting workshops
Benefits of EHS classroom time
- Early education for your child
- Enhancement of your child's physical, social, emotional and intellectual development
- Early intervention for speech or motor delays
- Low staff-to-child ratios
Benefits of EHS home-based services
Your child's first and most important teacher is you – the parent. The home is the family's classroom. Home visits bring:
- Support, encouragement and parenting information
- Awareness of child development
- Parent-child activities
- Understanding of how children learn
- Positive discipline tips
- Ideas on managing a busy household
- Assistance with employment and education … and much more!
Who can apply for Early Head Start?
Head Start is open to all families who meet the following:
- You live in the Salem-Keizer School District catchment areas for Battlecreek, Bush, Cesar Chavez, Four Corners, Lee, Liberty, Mary Eyre, McKinley, Miller, Morningside, Pringle, Salem Heights, Schirle, Sumpter, Wright, and Washington Elementary Schools
- You are a pregnant woman or expectant father
- You have a child birth to age 3
- You meet income guidelines
Early Head Start Principles
Early Head Start promotes and supports early childhood development, family development, and community development for families in Marion County.
- High Quality
- Early Detection of Developmental Concerns
- Promotion of Healthy Development
- Positive Relationships
- High Level of Parent Involvement
- Inclusion of Children with Disabilities
- Support and Respect for Your Culture
- Flexibility & Responsiveness