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Early Head Start Head Start Child Care

Early Head Start is the newest part of the ACHR Child Development Program. The services for pregnant women, infants and toddlers are based at Darden and Edelman Centers. ACHR's EHS program began in 1998 with a unique combination of center-based and home-based models.  The center-based model, which serves children in a multi-age grouping with one teacher and four children, is available to mothers who are working or in school.  The home-based model is available to mothers who are at home with their children or who have alternate care arrangements for their babies and toddlers.  In addition to visiting participants in their homes, Home Visitors sometimes work with pregnant teens and new teen mothers in the schools in Lee and Russell Counties. 

Early Head Start has an income guideline which can be adjusted for children who have special needs.

Key Benefits

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Care provided in groups of four children at Darden or Edelman Centers for children of mothers who work or who are in school.

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Multi-age model used in the center classrooms allows children from one family to stay together and children of different ages to learn from one another; in addition, the model eliminates the need to wait for a slot to open in a particular age group.

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Visits provided weekly in the home with non-working mothers of infants and toddlers, and for those who have child care.  These participants and their children are invited to the center every other week for socialization activities.  Visits for participants who are pregnant are less frequent.

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Services provided to pregnant teens and teen mothers in cooperation with the local schools.

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HighScope Curriculum used as foundation, along with other curricula including The Program for Infants and Toddlers and Healthy Babies.

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Wraparound care offered in each center at low cost to parents who need childcare before 8:00 a.m. and/or after 1:30 p.m. and during the summer.

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Linkage to additional services such as health care and special services.

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Opportunity for parents to serve on parent or policy-making committees and to gain experience in advocacy.

To learn more about the program or to enroll a child, contact our office at 334-821-8336.

To learn more about Early Head Start in general go to 

https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/tta-system/ehsnrc/about-ehs

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Send questions or comments about this web site to  janet.burns@achr.com Last modified: 10/21/16