Early Head Start
About the Early Head Start Program
The Early Head Start program is designed to create partnerships between staff and parents to provide a solid foundation of social, emotional, physical and cognitive development for children in their care. The program offers both center based services and home based services.
The scope of services in Early Head Start is comprehensive and includes developmental screening, ongoing observation and assessment, and curriculum planning; medical, dental, and mental health services; child development and education; family partnerships and goal setting; and community collaborations to meet additional family needs.
The EHS Home-Based Model provides high-quality child development and parent support services with an emphasis on the role of the parent as the child’s first, and most important relationship. The home-based option is designed for families in which the home is the child’s primary learning environment. Participants in the EHS home-based model receive a combination of weekly home visits and regularly scheduled group socializations.
Services are offered in both Solano County (Fairfield, Suisun, Vacaville and Vallejo) and Napa County (Napa and American Canyon).
For Early Head Start programs enrolling pregnant women, home visits are conducted to ensure pregnant women have access to comprehensive prenatal and postpartum care. A home visit is also used to provide prenatal education on topics such as fetal development, labor and delivery, postpartum recovery (including maternal depression), and the benefits of breastfeeding. Once the baby is born, the family is automatically enrolled in the Early Head Start program.
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