Launched in 2010, C.E.F.S. Early Head Start Program serves children between the ages of 0-3 as well as pregnant women. Currently operating in four counties, Early Head Start is a home-base program that conducts hands-on learning and developmentally appropriate activities in the child's home.
The purpose of Early Head Start is to help parents improve their parenting skills and to assist them in the use of the home as the child's primary learning environment. A certified Parent Educator meets with parent(s) once per week for 1 1/2 hours to help them provide learning opportunities that enhance their child's growth and learning.
Playgroups are held twice per month which allow children and their families to get together as a group for educational play activities and socialization.
Women enrolled in the program before the birth of a child are provided support in a variety of ways including:
- transportation to/from pre-natal appointments
- prenatal curriculum/education and support during pregnancy and for the preparation of the baby's birth
- post-natal visit by a registered nurse