Head Start & Early Head Start
Our Head Start and Early Head Start Programs are designed for infants, toddlers and pre-school children to learn the habits and tools they need to succeed in school and in life beyond school.
These programs work to build your connection to your child’s development as well as providing a safe learning environment
Our Family Support Staff work with each family to connect them to community services, transportation resources, meet family goals and provide parent education as needed.
We believe in helping every child reach their true potential. All Head Start and Early Head Start children receive ongoing developmental screening and assessment to address their ongoing medical, dental, nutritional, emotional and social needs. Individualized services are also provided to meet the needs of children with disabilities. Enrolled center-based children are provided nutritious meals and snacks.
These free and federally funded programs include two different program types: Head Start for children between three to five years old and Early Head Start for children six weeks to three years old.
Head Start is a pre-school child development program for children three to five years old designed to help children and their families prepare the skills needed for kindergarten. This program involves the whole family in a multifaceted approach to early education with a focus on school readiness through center attendance and home visits.
Classes meet daily Monday through Friday for 3.5-6 hours depending on location with extended day services available at some sites for families who work or attend school full time. Head Start has locations in Derry, Greenville, Hillsborough, Manchester, Nashua, Portsmouth, Raymond and Seabrook.
Head Start with Wrap-Around Childcare
For parents in need of full-day care, we have three centers that provide low-cost wrap-around childcare in addition to Head Start Services to help support families with self-sufficiency goals.
These centers are open an average of ten hours per day and are staffed with dedicated professionals with backgrounds in early education, family services, nutrition, physical and mental health. Each center works with the State Scholarship system to provide assistance for families who meet the guidelines.
Centers offering wrap-around childcare are located in Manchester, Nashua and Hillsborough.
Early Head Start
Early Head Start is a comprehensive child development program designed for infants and toddlers with locations in Manchester and Nashua. We partner with families to provide intensive developmental education and family support services to nurture the relationship between parent and child.
Early Head Start Services are available in two modalities: Center Based and Home Based.
Early Head Start Center Based Services are available for children aged six weeks to three years and are ideal for families who are working or attending school full time and in need of full-day, year-round care and developmental support for their child. With a 1:4 teacher to child ratio, we are able to focus on each child’s needs and tailor their experience.
Diapers, wipes and formula are all provided while your child is in our care. Center Based care accepts recipients of the NH Child Care Development Fund Scholarship.
Early Head Start Home Based Services are available to families from birth to three years to provide developmental support and promote healthy environments at home. Families participate in a weekly home visit with a focus on parental participation for continued success.
There are also regular opportunities for group social activities designed to enhance child development and build social skills through our local Early Head Start Centers in Manchester and Nashua.