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Head Start/Early Head Start

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We promise that your child will learn valuable skills in a safe environment that will help them transition smoothly to their next level of development.


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1511 Hutchins Street, Portsmouth, OH 45662


EARLY HEAD START (EHS) is a comprehensive child development program. It offers FREE health, education, and social services to income eligible families that include a pregnant woman and/or children, ages 0-3.

Child-centered services of the highest quality are provided in the family’s home or the childcare center. Early Head Start’s family-driven philosophy empowers parents to support and nurture their children, while meeting other critical social and economic goals.

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What ages does Early Head Start include?

Early Head Start is for children ages infant to 3. Children ages 3 to 5 will attend Head Start.

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Are you SNAP eligible?

Families who are SNAP eligible are also automatically eligible for Head Start. Contact our office for more information.

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Parent Involvement

Early Head Start involves parents in every aspect of their child’s education. Parents gain skills through participation in classroom activities, parent meetings, and as members of policy-making committees. Workshops in parenting skills, community advocacy, personal growth and development are provided.


Early Head Start believes that the parents are primary educators of their children. Parents and teachers work together to enrich the child’s educational environment so that children enjoy learning, develop a positive attitude toward school, and reach their maximum potential.

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With a variety of attractive new and culturally diverse foods, meals are offered through family-style dining. Classroom activities include cooking experiences. Nutrition education is a vital part of the daily curriculum. All food provided meets USDA guidelines.

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Disabilities Services

Early Head Start makes available directly or in cooperation with other agencies, services in accordance with an individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) for 10% of enrolled children who meet the disability criteria.

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Mental Health

Parents, staff, and children work together and are given assistance to build a support system that fosters a healthy, happy environment at home, school, and play.

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Transition Services

Early Head Start implements and maintains procedures to support successful transitions and continuity of programming for enrolled children and families into Early Head Start, and from Early Head Start into Head Start or other preschool settings.

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All applications can be mailed in, emailed, or completed in person.

Annual Report 2022

Parent Handbook 2022

2022 Goals

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