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EARLY HEAD START (EHS)

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The Early Head Start Program became a new Head Start initiative to serve pregnant women and low-income families with infants and toddlers in 1995. The program ended its demonstration effort on September 2001. Today the Early Head Start program is funded directly from the DHHS Region X Head Start Office. Services are provided through a home-base model to 75 children 0-3 years of age and pregnant women in the communities of Grandview, Mabton, Sunnyside, Granger and Toppenish. Early Head Start is a child development program consisting of comprehensive two-generation services that may begin before the child is born and focus on enhancing the child's development and supporting the family as primary educators of their children during the critical first three years of the child's life. Early Head Start has been designed to produce outcomes in the following domains:

1. Child Development (including health, resiliency, and social, cognitive, and language development).

2. Family Development (including parenting and relationships with children, the home environment and family functioning, family health, parent involvement, and economic self-sufficiency).

3. Staff Development (including professional development and relationships with parents).

4. Community Development (including enhanced child care quality, community collaboration, and integration of services to support families with young children).

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