When a baby is on the way, family needs become more complex. A network of community partners can help. Explore the resources below to find out how your Early Head Start (EHS) program can connect pregnant women and expectant families to federal, state, and local systems and services.
Prepare to meet families where they are by partnering with community organizations in areas such as employment, housing, food security, and financial planning.
Benefits of Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships: Quality Early Learning for Infants, Toddlers, and Families
This video details how Early Head Start-Child Care (EHS-CC) Partnerships support infants, toddlers, and families through five priority areas, including the quality and continuity of infant care. EHS grantees, child care partners, and parents reflect on what works.
Partnering with agencies like Women, Infants and Children (WIC), Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF), and the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) can make services to low-income families more accessible. Discover how to coordinate early care and education with nutrition and health services. This webinar also introduces a memorandum of understanding to support state and local agency collaboration.
Most EHS-enrolled pregnant women and infants are eligible for assisted insurance coverage. Explore your state's eligibility and enrollment policies for Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Select the link to find your state contact.
Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP): Monitoring and State Improvement Planning Division (MSIP) State Lead, IDEA Part B and Part C
A child's suspected disability may be identified during a woman's pregnancy or just after birth. Agencies providing early intervention services may be found through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Use this resource to find your state leads for IDEA Part C.
Discover a Parent Training and Information Center (PTI) or Community Parent Resource Center (CPRC) near you. The centers support parents to participate effectively in their child's education and development, including families whose primary language is not English. They also help programs to improve outcomes for children with disabilities.
Last Updated: November 17, 2023