Head Start, ECEAP and Early Head Start programs support the mental, social, and emotional development of children from birth to age 5.
In addition to education services, programs provide children and their families with health, nutrition, social, and other services. Head Start services are responsive to each child and family's ethnic, cultural, and linguistic heritage.
Head Start and ECEAP are federally and state funded free preschool programs that serve income eligible children age 3-5 years. Local programs consist of part day services 3 1/2 hours a day, 3-4 days a week and run September to June. Full day services are 6 hours a day, 5 days a week and run September to June.
Early Head Start is a federally funded free program that serves pregnant women, infants and toddlers ghrough weekly home visits. It promotes healthy pre-natal care and healthy attachments and development for children from the earliest stages.