Early Head Start (EHS) programs promote the physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development of infants and toddlers through safe and developmentally enriching caregiving. This prepares these children for continued growth and development and eventual success in school and life.
Early Head Start (EHS) serves children 0 – 3 and pregnant mothers who are income-eligible. Eligibility requirements are based on family income at or below the federal poverty threshold. Children in foster care, homeless children and children from families receiving public assistance (TANF or SSI) are eligible regardless of income.
Early Head Start is offered in both a center-based and home-based environment.
Home-based services are provided through weekly home visits with the child and/or family members and twice a month Group Socials. The MCCC home visitor offers guidance, tips and tools to support their child’s development. Each visit is approximately an hour and half. Group Socials offer an opportunity for families and children to collaborate and participate in facilitated learning experiences together.
Center-based services are delivered on site at two of MCCC 16 locations. Like the home-based program, an MCCC teacher provides parents information on how they can nurture and care for their child, promoting their ability to support their child’s ongoing development. Class times can vary from one MCCC center to the next. Find the MCCC center nearest you for center-specific details. SEE LOCATIONS
All MCCC programs engage parents in their children’s learning and help them in making progress toward their educational, literacy and employment goals. Significant emphasis is placed on the involvement of parents in the administration of local Head Start programs. Learn how you can actively participate in program operations through the Parent Policy Council.
All families enrolled in an MCCC early-education program, also receive access to our Family Support Services. These services include nutritious meals, insurance and medical appointment support, dental screenings, vision/hearing screenings, prenatal support, mental health services and limited transportation services—all important to a child’s intellectual and physical growth.