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Early Head Start programs were created in 1994 to provide intensive, comprehensive child development, and family support services for infants, toddlers, and pregnant women living in poverty. Early Head Start Programs are designed to nurture healthy parent-child attachment, promote school readiness, and foster positive child and family outcomes.

In a home-based program, each family is assigned a visitor who conducts 90-minute visits 46 times per year. Home Visiting has proven effective to support:

  • healthy prenatal outcomes
  • positive child development
  • parents in their role as primary caregivers
  • prevention of child abuse and neglect among families

Annually, Early Head Start programs help more than 360,000 children from birth to 3 years old and pregnant women. Of this population, 36% received  home-based services. Here in Region 9 this represents more than 17,000 children up to age 3 and pregnant women.

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