Early Head Start

Early Head Start (EHS) 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, and
  • to promote healthy family functioning.

 This website includes a basic fact sheet, Early Head Start Guiding Principles, and eligibility criteria.  Links to additional Early Head Start sites are provided. Click on the link below.

http://www.ehsnrc.org/AboutUs/ehs.htm

 

Healthy Steps

Healthy Steps for Young Children (Healthy Steps) is a national initiative that focuses on the importance of the first three years of life. Healthy Steps emphasizes a close relationship between health care professionals and parents in addressing the physical, emotional, and intellectual growth and development of children from birth to age three.

http://www.healthysteps.org/

 

Nurse-Family Partnership

Nurse-Family Partnership helps transform the lives of vulnerable first-time moms and their babies. Through ongoing home visits from registered nurses, low-income, first-time moms receive the care and support they need to have a healthy pregnancy, provide responsible and competent care for their children, and become more economically self-sufficient. From pregnancy until the child turns two years old, Nurse-Family Partnership Nurse Home Visitors form a much-needed, trusting relationship with the first-time moms.

http://www.nursefamilypartnership.org/Communities/Model-elements

 

Parents As Teachers

Goal #1: Increase parent knowledge of early childhood development and improve parenting practices

Goal #2: Provide early detection of developmental delays and health issues

Goal #3: Prevent child abuse and neglect

Goal #4: Increase children's school readiness and school success

http://www.parentsasteachers.org/