Early Head Start

 

Early Head Start nurtures healthy attachments for low-income families parenting infants and toddlers, and for pregnant women and their families, through intensive comprehensive child development and family support services. Research shows this model:  

Develops school readiness by reducing behavioral problems that could impede academic achievement, enhancing positive social skills, and fostering language development during early childhood. 

  • Early Head Start significantly reduces behavioral problems, enhances positive social skills, and improves approaches to learning [Love, J. M., Chazan-Cohen, R., Raikes, H., & Brooks-Gunn, J. (2013). What Makes a Difference: Early Head Start Evaluation Findings in a Developmental Context. Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development, 78(1). https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1540-5834.2012.00699] 
  • Early Head Start children are more attentive, better engaged in play with their parents, and score higher on cognitive development assessments than their non-EHS peers [Green, B. L., Ayoub, C., Bartlett, J. D., Furrer, C., & Chazan-Cohen, R. (2020). Pathways to Prevention: Early Head Start Outcomes in the First Three Years Lead to Long-Term Reductions in Child Maltreatment. Children and Youth Services Review, 118. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2020.105403 
  • Participation in Early Head Start is associated with increased responsive parenting, improvements in language skills, and sustained language developments [Gedal Douglass, A., Roche, K. M., Lavin, K., Ghazarian, S. R., & Perry, D. F. (2021). Longitudinal Parenting Pathways Linking Early Head Start and Kindergarten Readiness. Early Child Development and Care, 191(16), 2570-2589. https://doi.org/10.1080/03004430.2020.1725498 

Promotes economic self-sufficiency by increasing a mother’s likelihood of being either in school, in job training, or employed.  

  • Early Head Start increases a mother’s chances of being either in school, in job training, or employed. [Love, J. M., Chazan-Cohen, R., Raikes, H., & Brooks-Gunn, J. (2013). What Makes a Difference: Early Head Start Evaluation Findings in a Developmental Context. Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development, 78(1). https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1540-5834.2012.00699] 

Early Head Start serves families in 52 counties.