Early Head Start
(Infant and Toddler)

The HOPES Early Head Start Program provides care and education to infants and toddlers (ages 0-3 years of age), including children with disabilities. Prenatal services are also available to expectant mothers and their families.

HOPES offers two program options through its Early Head Start Program: Center Based and Home Based Options, in addition to services to Expectant Women and families. All program options provide comprehensive services including medical, dental, mental health, nutrition, and education, as well as social services. The Early Head Start Program has an intensive approach to work with parents to ensure the child is nurtured, supported, enriched, and challenged to develop to their fullest potential in school and throughout life.

 

Expectant Mothers

HOPESí interdisciplinary team model provides comprehensive family services that begin before birth with a focus on:

• Prenatal (before birth) support to ensure the health of the mother and her baby.
• Monthly year-round home visits and/or group meetings for expectant women.
• Preparing parents, siblings and other family members for birth and caring of the new baby.
• Home visits for families with newborns.
• Developing the bond between child and family from birth to age 3 that ensures happy and healthy development.

Early Head Start staff working with Expectant Women and their families use the Partners for Healthy Babies curriculum to support home visits and support groups. The curriculum supports the Family Advocate's ability to systematically plan and address key topics at critical times. For each topic, there are specific purposes that define the home visit, suggested follow-up activities, and recommended resources.

 

The Center Based Early Head Start Program

This option offers families infant/toddler care and education in a classroom setting. The High Scope Infant/Toddler curriculum is individualized to meet children’s developmental needs through age-appropriate activities.

The Early Head Start program supports the physical, social, emotional, cognitive, and language development of each child. Parenting education and the support of a positive parent-child relationship are critical to this cornerstone. The services that programs must provide directly or through referral include:

• Early education services in developmentally appropriate settings
• Parent education and parent-child activities
• Comprehensive health and mental health services
• Developmental and Health Screenings and assessments to support individualized planning, instruction and services

The Home-Based Program

This option is unique and effective as it allows qualified staff to provide services to children and families in the environment where they are most comfortable and familiar- their home. HOPES Early Head Start staff provides weekly home visits and bi-weekly socialization activities for enrolled infants, toddlers and their families using the Infant/Toddler High Scope Curriculum. Home visits allow staff and families to work together to identify and meet the child’s development needs and goals. The socialization activities include infant /parent playgroups and toddler/parent playgroups that meet twice a month.

Eligibility for Early Head Start Program: Expectant women, and children ages birth through 3 years that meet Federal Eligibility Guidelines (Below 100% of poverty level), as well as children with special needs, without regard to family income, may enroll in the Early Head Start program