Early Head Start

early-headstartThe Two Rivers Head Start Agency (TRHSA) Early Head Start program promotes the development of very young children from low-income families in 3 communities in Kane County.

TRHSA Early Head Start serves pregnant women, infants, and toddlers. Early Head Start programs are available to the family until the child turns 3 years old and is ready to transition into Head Start or another pre-K program. Early Head Start helps families care for their infants and toddlers through early, continuous, intensive, and comprehensive services, which include:

  • Education
  • Screenings and follow-up for health, development, and behavior
  • Social and emotional health
  • Nutrition
  • Family goal-setting
  • Transition services
  • Services for children with disabilities

Full-day, center-based Early Head Start services are available for working parents, while another program option offers home-based services, in which a staff person visits children once a week in their own home and works with the parent as the child’s primary teacher. Children and families who receive home-based services meet regularly with other enrolled families for a group learning and socialization experience facilitated by Head Start staff.

All of these EHS services are delivered in a learning environment that is individualized to support children’s growth, and is responsive to each child and family’s ethnic, cultural, and linguistic heritage. The TRHSA Early Head Start program builds relationships with families that support positive parent-child relationships, family well-being, and connections to peers and community.

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