Early Head Start is a FREE federally funded community-based program for low-income families with pregnant women, infants, and toddlers up to age 3. In addition to providing or linking families with needed services—medical, mental health, nutrition, and education—Early Head Start can provide a place for children to experience consistent, nurturing relationships and stable, ongoing routines. There are three different Early Head Start options. They include a home-based option, a center-based option, or a combination option in which families get a set number of home visits and a set number of center-based experiences,
How do I know if my child is eligible?
Children from birth to age five who are from families with incomes below the poverty guidelines are eligible for Early Head Start services. Children from homeless families, and families receiving public assistance such as TANF or SSI are also eligible.
If you are interested in enrolling your child in Early Head Start we encourage you to contact them. A listing of agencies that provide Early Head Start services in Southern Illinois can be found here.