Southern New Hampshire Services, Inc.
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Early Head Start

Early Head Start is a comprehensive child development program designed to foster the healthy development of infants and toddlers and their families.

View the Head Start/Early Head Start Annual Report – 2013/2014

 

EHS Center Based Services

(for families in need of full day services)

 

Childcare Services:

  • Quality care with 1:4 teacher to child ratios;
  • Ongoing developmental screening and assessment;
  • Activities to enhance child development and build social & self-help skills;
  • Individualized services provided to meet the needs of children with disabilities.

 

Center Services:

  • Full service kitchen with all meals provided;
  • Diapers, formula & wipes provided
  • Accepts NH Child Care Development Fund Scholarship

Family Services:

  • Parenting support and education;
  • Parent involvement opportunities and social activities;
  • Support with access to needed community services.

Eligibility:

  • Must meet income and area requirements.
  • Services children 6 weeks-3 years

EHS Home Based

Prenatal Services:

  • Home visits;
  • Prenatal education
    • Promoting healthy practices;
    • Reducing risk factors;
  • Contracted nursing services.

Infant & Toddler Services:

  • Weekly home visits;
  • Ongoing developmental screening and assessment;
  • Parent/child activities designed to enhance development.

Family Services:

  • Parenting support and education;
  • Parent involvement opportunities and social activities;
  • Support with access to needed community services.

Eligibility:

  • Services children 6 weeks to 3 years and pregnant women
  • Must meet income and area requirements.
  • No cost for home based services

Early Head Start Frequently Asked Questions

 

1.  How do I know if I am eligible for Early Head Start?

Early Head Start eligibility is based on the child’s age, where the family lives and the family income. Children must be under three years of age and live in Manchester or Nashua to apply for Early Head Start through Southern NH Services. The family’s gross yearly income must be at or below the federal poverty guidelines.

2.  How does Head Start calculate family income?

Program staff will need to verify the family income in the past 12 months OR the last calendar year. We can accept copies of pay stubs, tax form 1040, W-2, or a letter from an employer. Early Head Start staff will work with you to obtain all the needed documentation and to calculate eligibility for available program options.

3. What if I don’t work?

Early Head Start considers all income of the parents or guardians of the child applying for Head Start who are living in the home. This includes, but is not limited to, TANF, Social Security, SSI, child support and unemployment.

4. How can I apply?

Early Head Start staff meets with families to complete an application. Families can call the Early Head Start office in their area to make an appointment and find out what they need to bring with them.

5. What do I need to bring with me to apply?

Families need to bring proof of the child’s date of birth and any income received by the parents or guardians of the child applying for Early Head Start who are living in the home. The program staff will review this with you when you call for an appointment.

6.  What services does Head Start provide?

Early Head Start (EHS) is a child development program for children from six weeks through three years. EHS staff provides quality infant and toddler care in a nurturing environment.

Center Based programming is year round and is designed to meet the needs of families who are working or attending school full time. Nutritious meals, diapers and formula are provided.

Home Based services include weekly home visits with opportunities for group play times. Activities in both program options are designed to enhance child development and build social skills. Family support staff also works with families to connect them to community resources, meet family goals and provide parent education.

Prenatal services in early Head Start include home visits, prenatal education to promote healthy pregnancy and contracted nursing services.

7. Where is Early Head Start located?

SNHS Early Head Start has sites in Manchester and Nashua, New Hampshire.

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