Early Care & Education General Information

(August 2013) Thank you for visiting the Bauer Early Care & Education page.  We are currently in the process of updating and refining the information posted here so please check back as we add more information.  If you have questions, you can always reach us at 449-0487.

Each year in Lafayette, hundreds of children from low-income families enter school for the first time with significant challenges such as health problems, nutritional issues and a lack of self confidence. Without the will to learn and grow, these children often fall behind and find their troubles compounded in later years. To give these children a chance to succeed, Bauer Early Care and Education operates Lafayette’s one and only Head Start/Early Head Start Program, providing whole-family services to low-income residents in the Greater Lafayette area. Head Start gives preschool-aged children the support necessary to meet their emotional, social, educational, health and nutritional needs. Head Start also supports parents – who have the biggest impact on helping their child to succeed.

To view our 2010 demographics pamphlet click here.

Building a Foundation For Learning

The goal of Bauer Early Care and Education is to ensure that children begin school ready to learn. High-quality child development services are readily available to children from low-income households and their families. Bauer Early Care and Education fully incorporates children with disabilities and works diligently to meet their specific needs. This initiative is beneficial to all involved, children with and without disabilities, parents and staff. Both families and community members are involved in the operation, governance and the evaluation of our programs. Programs include:

  • Head Start
  • Early Head Start
  • Pregnant Women’s Program
  • Kindergarten Transitions Program
  • Incredible Years Parenting Education Program©
  • Book Cycle

Head Start

The Head Start program promotes school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of children ages 3 to 5 through the provision of educational, health, nutritional, social and other services to enrolled children and families. These early education programs engage parents in their child’s learning and assist the parents in attaining their educational, literacy and employment goals.

Early Head Start

Similar to Heat Start, the Early Head Start program is a federally-funded, community-based program for low-income families with infants and toddlers and pregnant women. Its mission is simple:

  • To promote healthy prenatal outcomes for pregnant women
  • To enhance the development of very young children
  • To promote healthy family functioning

Eligibility and Enrollment

Head Start and Early Head Start are family and child development programs for low-income families. Family income is one key factor in determining eligibility. The federal poverty guidelines are used to evaluate family income. Families may be eligible for Head Start and Early Head Start if some of the following criteria are met:

  • Early Head Start: Pregnant women and/or children under the age of 3
  • Head Start: Children 3 to 5
  • Household income level is within Federal poverty guidelines
  • Child has a disability
  • Child is a foster child
  • Family is receiving public assistance such as SSI or TANF benefits


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