The reauthorization of the Head Start Act in 1994 made it possible to establish Early Head Start (EHS) as a program to serve infants and toddlers under the age of 3 and pregnant women. Early Head Start (EHS) provides early, continuous, intensive, and comprehensive child development and family support services to low-income infants and toddlers and their families.

The Coalition received an Early Head Start (EHS) grant serving 150 children from 6 weeks old to 3 years of age in the most needed areas of the county. Service areas include the cities of Belle Glade, Pahokee, West Palm Beach, and Riviera Beach. In March 2019, the Coalition received an expansion grant to serve an additional 120 children from 6 weeks old to 3 years of age and their families. The service areas under the new expansion grant are Lake Worth and Delray Beach.


If you reside in any of the following cities, you may qualify for Early Head Start (EHS) services:

Palm Beach County

West Palm Beach
(including some areas of
Greenacres, Haverhill,
and Royal Palm Beach)
Lake Worth
Riviera Beach
Belle Glade
Delray Beach
For more Early Head Start program information, feel free to call (561) 412-2203. You may also send an e-mail inquiry by clicking here.



Early Learning Coalition Early Head Start (EHS) Provider Partner Sites

Belle Glade
Latonia Jackson FCCH
Planet Genesis
Regina Brown FCCH
Wee Care Child Development Center

Delray Beach
Amanda Family Day Care
Kingswood Academy - Delray Beach

Stepping Stones Learning Center

Dameka Coleman FCCH
Essie Snipe FCCH
Lawanda Thomas FCCH
Lo's Little Learners FCCH
Martha Smith FCCH

Riviera Beach
Cynthia Bedford FCCH
Eula Gray FCCH

Fobbs Daycare
Life Span of PBC
Mercy's Little Achievers
Nu Kidz Generation
Robinson’s Tiny Tot’s FCCH

West Palm Beach
Eager to Learn Child Care
Edna Pertilla FCCH
Janice Morgan FCCH
Laureana Melendez FCCH
Mary Morris FCCH
Mustard Seed FCCH
Neicykelis Tender Lovin'
Terrica Greenfield
The King’s Kids
Thompsons Family Day Care



The Goals of Early Head Start

  • To provide safe and developmentally enriching care giving which promotes the physical, cognitive, social and emotional development of infants and toddlers, and prepares them for future growth and development;
  • To support parents, both mothers and fathers, in their role as primary caregivers and teachers of their children, and families in meeting personal goals and achieving self sufficiency across a wide variety of domains;
  • To mobilize communities to provide the resources and environment necessary to ensure a comprehensive, integrated array of services and support for families;
  • To ensure the provision of high quality responsive services to family through the development of trained, and caring staff. The Principles of Early Head Start These principles are designed to nurture healthy attachments between parent and child (and child and caregiver), emphasize a strengths-based, relationship-centered approach to services, and encompass the full range of a family's needs from pregnancy through a child's third birthday. They include:
  • An Emphasis on High Quality which recognizes the critical opportunity of EHS programs to positively impact children and families in the early years and beyond.
  • Prevention and Promotion Activities that both promote healthy development and recognize and address atypical development at the earliest stage possible.
  • Positive Relationships and Continuity which honor the critical importance of early attachments on healthy development in early childhood and beyond. The parents are viewed as a child's first, and most important, relationship.
  • Parent Involvement activities that offer parents a meaningful and strategic role in the program's vision, services, and governance.
  • Inclusion strategies that respect the unique developmental trajectories of young children in the context of a typical setting, including children with disabilities.
  • Cultural competence which acknowledges the profound role that culture plays in early development. Programs also recognize the influence of cultural values and beliefs on both staff and families' approaches to child development. Programs work within the context of home languages for all children and families.
  • Comprehensiveness, Flexibility and Responsiveness of services which allow children and families to move across various program options over time, as their life situation demands.
  • Transition planning respects families' need for thought and attention paid to movements across program options and into—and out of—Early Head Start programs.
  • Collaboration is, simply put, central to an Early Head Start program's ability to meet the comprehensive needs of families. Strong partnerships allow programs to expand their services to families with infants and toddlers beyond the door of the program and into the larger community.





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