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Early Head Start is a federally funded home visitation program that is designed to support and strengthen the relationship between infants, toddlers, and their parents. Early Head Start provides a variety of learning experiences to help children develop socially, intellectually, physically, and emotionally based on their individual needs.
Families enrolled in Early Head Start receive weekly home visits with a professional Family Support Specialist. These visits provide education and resources to ensure all children are given the same chance for success in life. Parents enrolled in Early Head Start are also provided with opportunities to share and learn from other parents about the challenges and joys of parenting.
All Early Head Start services are free and voluntary to families living in Brown County who meet the income eligibility requirements. Services may include:
- Weekly home visits with parents and their child(ren)
- Parenting information and screenings to ensure that children are developmentally on track
- Bi-monthly socialization/playgroup opportunities
- Assistance for pregnant women to access comprehensive prenatal care to promote healthy development and a safe delivery
- Working with parents to ensure that children have access high-quality health care (including dental, vision, speech, hearing, nutrition, and mental health screenings, physical exams, and immunizations)
- Information and referras to other community agencies as needed
- Support for parents to help them meet the challenges of parenting and to move toward self-sufficiency
Prenatal mothers and families with children age birth to 3 years old are eligible for the Early Head Start program in Brown County.
Families meet federal income eligibility guidelines to enroll. Self-referrals accepted.
Early Head start is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Administration for Children and Families, and the Office of Head Start in partnership with CESA 7.
How long can I or my child be enrolled in Early Head Start?
Prenatal mothers can enroll at any point during their pregnancy and remain enrolled with their child until that child is eligible for transition, around age 3.
If a child does not enter the program prenatally, the child may enter the program from birth up until age 3.
What does a home visit look like?
Home visits are conducted once a week for at least an hour and a half. Visits are planned with the parent or guardian’s schedule in mind. During the visit, the parent(s) or guardian(s), the child, and the Family Support Specialist use the family’s home environment to help create rich learning opportunities. These opportunities build on everyday routines with the goal of supporting healthy child development.
What is a socialization/playgroup?
A socialization/playgroup provides parents/caregivers with the opportunity to obtain feedback from Early Head Start staff and other parents or community based professionals about their child’s interests, strengths, needs, and available resources. Socialization/playgroup opportunities also allow parents to observe their child’s response to other children and adults, and to share and learn from other parents/guardians about the challenges and joys of parenting.
Socialization/playgroup opportunities are offered twice a month and include free transportation, meals, and snacks.