Early Head Start

Father and child at Early Head StartEarly Head Start is a free program designed to help very young children and pregnant mothers in low-income households. Parents are given the opportunity to learn the information and skills they’ll need to ensure their child’s healthy growth and development during the first three years of life. The program also let parents know about any local community resources that they may qualify for as well as services that will help them make progress towards their own educational, literacy and employment goals. Early Head Start is a year-round program that offers either center-based classrooms or weekly home visitations. It has locations in Pontiac, Lake Orion and Oxford.

Eligibility

•    Families expecting babies or have children under three years of age
•    Income must be at or below federal poverty guidelines
•    Children with Special Needs or chronic/terminal illnesses

Helpful links

Zero to Three - Information on growth and development for children 0-3 years old for parents and professionals.
Centers for Disease Control - Information of growth and development, home safety and milestones for infants and toddlers
Bright Futures - Health and immunization information
Choose My Plate - Health and nutrition information for pregnant and breastfeeding women
Let’s Move! – Resources for raising healthy children
Early On – For parents who are worried about the speed of their child’s development
La Leche League - mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information, and education, and to promote a better understanding of breastfeeding as an important element in the healthy development of the baby and mother.
High Scope for Infants and Toddlers - educational curriculum used in Early Head Start classrooms.
Growing Great Kids - curriculum used for home visits in Home base Early Head Start. Primary focus on growing nurturing, empathic parent-child relationships and secure attachments, Includes comprehensive child development activities package, Grows family foundations with a series of family strengthening modules & Culturally competent and father friendly