Early Head Start
Early Head Start is offered to low-income families with children under the age of 3 and pregnant women and their families. The program is designed to enhance the growth and development of young children and their families by providing services, resources and opportunities they need to succeed.
Services the Program Provides
- Prenatal education and support
- Parent support and parent/child activities
- Full-day childcare for infants and toddlers
- Referrals for healthcare, social services, housing and food assistance
- Help with job training, GED, health insurance and public benefits
- Support for children with disabilities and their families
- Group activities and socializing
Four Cornerstones of Early Head Start
1. Child Development: enhances each child’s physical, social, emotional and cognitive growth
2. Family Development: empowers parents in goal setting for themselves and their children
3. Community Building: ensures a comprehensive network of services and support for young children and their family’s specific needs
4. Staff Development: staff covers a large spectrum of skills, knowledge and professional competencies necessary to provide a high-quality and comprehensive program
Early Head Start Pregnant Women's Program
In Tippecanoe County we provide EHS services to 16 pregnant and parenting teen mothers. This program option works in conjunction with the Alternative Learning Center (ALC), Children’s Mental Health, Jobs & Training, Public Health and other community partners to support teen mothers in completing High School and receiving there diploma. Children attend the EHS center two times per week while the parents attend classes at the ALC as well as the Itasca Resource center that earn them credits towards graduation. Families enrolled in the program also receive two home visits per month and additional support to assist them in there roles as parents and to plan for on going education and or employment after graduation.
Early Head Start Home Based Option
Early Head Start services are also available in the home setting. The program provides services for women who are pregnant and families with infants or toddlers. This program option goes from August thru June with the month of July off. Teachers make weekly home visits to each family that focus on parent/child bonding and child development. Two socialization times each month are available for parent education, peer support, and interaction with other infants and toddlers.
What do you do on a visit for an expectant mother?
The home visitor assists a mother in understanding the different stages of development as well as. In addition, Head Start also has a strong focus on health, safety and nutrition for the entire family. The home visitor will work with the family to ensure they have all the resources they need.
What do you do on a home visit?
Home visits are scheduled weekly for 1 ½ hours. Part of the time focuses on parent child interactions and stages of your child’s development. The home base teacher works in partnership with the family to ensure you have what you need to move forward and be successful. This could include assisting with home safety checks, providing information on topics such as breast feeding, income or housing issues, education, and more.
How will my child(ren) learn to get along with other children when in the home Based Program?
A part of our Home Based program includes two monthly center based socialization days. These days provide a chance for parents to come together and for children to play and explore with other children.