Early Head Start
Our Early Head Start serves pregnant mothers, infants, and toddlers.
What is Early Head Start?
Early Head Start programs are available to the family until the child turns 3 years old and is ready to transition into the Head Start program. Our infant/toddler program is for families who meet the Full-Day/Full-Year enrollment guidelines. Children enrolled in the infant room must be between the ages of 6 weeks through 15 months, and children enrolled in the toddler room must be between the ages of 15 months to 36 months.
The center-based program consists of the KEYS (Full-Day/Full-Year) program, which operates from 6:30 a.m.- 6:00 p.m. (11 ½ hours per day, 12 months per year). Children’s attendance varies according to their parents’ work schedules. Offered at our Aurora West and River Ridge locations.
Ready to get started?
Begin the enrollment process with the help of our staff.
If you’re interested in enrolling your child in the Early Head Start program, click the button below to fill out a quick form.
Our Early Head Start program also 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 an educational 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.
Early Head Start helps families care for their infants and toddlers through early, continuous, intensive, and comprehensive services, which include:
- Education provided by passionate, degreed teachers
- Nutritious meals and snacks
- Diapers and wipes
- Screenings and follow-up for health, development, and behavior
- Social and emotional health
- Family goal-setting
- Services for children with disabilities
- Transition services