The first five years of a child’s life are extremely critical in setting the foundation that shapes their future health, happiness, growth, development and educational success. That is why we seek and strive to develop comprehensive systems that support our parents and children during these vital years.
EARLY HEAD START
Early Head Start provides early, continuous, intensive, and comprehensive child development and family support services to low-income pregnant women, infants and toddlers and their families.
INFANTS AND TODDLERS
Children’s earliest experiences set the stage for school success and adult productivity. Based on brain research, the brain grows rapidly creating various ways for learning and development. Research also identifies that infants and toddlers learn in the context of relationships with adults and others. Acknowledging that majority of the brain’s capacity is in place creating the ability to speak, learn and reason allows the program to flourish.
Given the wide set of socio-emotional and academic skills a child needs to learn, it can be very challenging for parents to recognize the learning opportunities that is presented each and every day. The program’s primary focus is to introduce new experiences to trigger and entice a child’s imagination while providing a healthy and safe environment.
The Goals of Early Head Start
- To provide safe and developmentally enriching care giving which promotes the physical, cognitive, social and emotional development of infants and toddlers, and prepares them for future growth and development;
- To support parents, both mothers and fathers, in their role as primary caregivers and teachers of their children, and families in meeting personal goals and achieving self sufficiency across a wide variety of domains;
- To mobilize communities to provide the resources and environment necessary to ensure a comprehensive, integrated array of services and support for families;
- To ensure the provision of high quality responsive services to family through the development of trained, and caring staff.