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Early Head Start

Early Head Start (EHS), launched in 1995, provides support to low-income infants, toddlers, pregnant women and their families. EHS programs enhance children's physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development; assist pregnant women to access comprehensive prenatal and postpartum care; support parents' efforts to fulfill their parental roles; and help parents move toward self-sufficiency. Programs also must reserve space for limited numbers of children with special needs. On a national level, Head Start and Early Head Start have together served tens of millions of children and their families.

The Office of Head Start (OHS) provides grants to approximately 1600 local public and private non-profit and for-profit agencies (in NYS there are 234 grantees that operate 874 centers) to provide Head Start and Early Head Start services throughout the United States and territories. These programs operate in the way that’s best for their communities. Some programs are half day, some are full day, and others home based. Many programs offer a variety of service options, including partnerships with schools, centers and family child care.

Early Head Start Program Expansion & Funding Resources:

Early Head Start in New York State, PDF map
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Early Head Start Sites in New York City, PDF map
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Early Head Start Program Expansion: NEW IMPORTANT OPPORTUNITY
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Early Head Start Expansion in New York, May 14, 2009 Powerpoint
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Early Head Start Expansion Funding: Webinar follow up information
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