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.



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.



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.



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