Early Head Start Child Care Partnerships
A child’s first few years of life are a critical time for development. It is within the first few years of life that the foundation for later success is built. Experts agree that high-quality early childhood programs serving children from birth to age 3 can help even the playing field for lower-income families, specifically in terms of social and emotional growth. At Project Social Care, we support the healthy development of these young learners through our Early Head Start Child Care Partnerships (EHS-CCP).
Early Head Start (EHS) was founded in 1994 during the reauthorization of the Head Start Act as a program for lower-income families with infants, toddlers, and pregnant women. The driving force behind the creation of EHS is the belief that for children to develop optimally, they must have healthy beginnings and the continuity of responsive and nurturing care. The Early Head Start Child Care Partnerships are an innovative approach to expand access to quality care to our nation’s most vulnerable children by combining the strengths of childcare and EHS through layered funding. These grants allow new or existing EHS programs to partner with local child care centers to increase access to family-centered, full-day, full-year services designed to support the development of infants and toddlers through strong relationship-based experiences, preparing them for the transition into Head Start, Kindergarten, and beyond. The programs also assist parents in moving toward self-sufficiency and assist in actively engaging them in their roles as primary caregivers.
All infants and toddlers attending our EHS-CCP program benefit from facilities that are licensed and meet stringent safety requirements. EHS-CCP enrolled children also benefit from qualified teachers who receiving ongoing supervision and coaching that supports implementation of curriculum and responsive caregiving. Emphasis is placed the importance of caring relationships, which support the effective development of infants and toddlers. In addition, our services adhere to the Head Start Program Performance Standards and our approach in providing care is strongly grounded in the cultural, linguistic, and social needs of the families and their local communities. We view families as a vital component of our program leadership and work closely with them as equal partners to support their children’s ongoing development and learning.
Benefits for Partnership Sites
– Additional resources to improve child care worker compensation and benefits
– Enhancement of funds to purchase new supplies, equipment, materials, and facility improvements
– Support for staff including improved training, professional development, networking, peer learning, and coaching
Benefits for Enrolled Children and Families
– Developmental screening and referrals as needed for medical, dental, nutrition, vision, and mental health services
– Provision of diapers and formula
– Access to home visits, parent engagement activities, and family advocates who help meet individual family goals
– Low student-to-teacher ratios and smaller, inclusive environments that support enhanced curriculum and instructional support