Stafford Schools Early Head Start (EHS) is a federally funded program for 28 low-income families with infants and toddlers and pregnant women. Stafford Schools provides local assistance and this program provides teen parents with support to finish their high school education. The mission of the Early Head Start program is:
- to promote healthy prenatal outcomes for pregnant women,
- to enhance the development of very young children, and
- to promote healthy family functioning.
We currently provide year-round center-based services for 16 EHS students. 12 EHS students receive year-round home-based services.
EHS Program Options:
Services to Pregnant Women consist of monthly or weekly home visits by the Coordinator/Nurse to pregnant families. The newborn is automatically enrolled at birth in the Home-Based option.
Home-Based option consists of 90-minute weekly home visits by a Home Visitor Teacher/Family Service worker to 12 infants or toddlers and their primary care provider. The family also attends center-based socializations (play groups) twice a month.. These slots are most useful for families with parents that are not employed, not in school, or have no transportation.
Year-Round Center-Based option consists of a classroom of 8 children, ages 2 months to 3 years, who are transported by their families to the center for 6 hours a day, 5 days a week of child development services year round. The students are cared for by 2 classroom teachers and a Family Service Worker is assigned to your family.