Help expectant families learn about the Early Head Start (EHS) program, eligibility requirements, and how to apply. Explore the resources below to find answers to common questions around how to have a healthy pregnancy. Share the importance of mental health, safety, nutrition, and infant care with new and expectant families.
About Early Head Start
Explore eligibility and program information and hear from enrolled teen parents about the benefits of EHS.
- Applying for the Head Start Program: Pregnant women and expectant families must meet certain criteria to be eligible for EHS services. Learn the requirements and how to apply.
- What Other Teen Parents Want You to Know about Early Head Start: This podcast features teen parents talking to other teens about getting involved in the program. Use it to spark conversations with teens in your community about how your program can help them.
Health and Safety During Pregnancy
A healthy baby begins with a healthy pregnancy. Share these resources with expectant women and families so they can connect with comprehensive prenatal care, including prenatal nutrition education, oral health care, and mental health supports.
- Office on Women's Health (OWH): Pregnancy: Discover what you can do before, during, and after pregnancy to give your baby a healthy start with this series of tip sheets.
- Find more pregnancy health tip sheets from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
- A Healthy Baby Begins with You: The pregnancy tips in this printable brochure are focused on reducing infant mortality among African-Americans.
- Before Pregnancy: Information for Men: Find out what men can do for their own health, as well as for the women and children in their lives.
- Support Your Partner: This brochure encourages expectant fathers to discuss their questions and concerns about breastfeeding with their partners and healthcare professionals.
- Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Eligibility Requirements: Use the WIC Prescreening Tool and other resources to help families know if they are eligible for food assistance through WIC.
- Taking Care of Your Mental Health During Pregnancy: Pregnancy brings a mix of feelings, and not all of them are good. Share this article about the importance of mental health for expectant women.
- Nutrition Tips for a Healthy Pregnancy: Explore information on food safety and nutritional needs during pregnancy.
- STDs and Pregnancy [PDF, 900KB] Get the facts from CDC about sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and pregnancy, and how to avoid infection.
- Taking Care of Your Oral Health When You Are Pregnant: Find tips for practicing good oral hygiene, eating healthy foods, and getting oral health care that will help keep you and your baby healthy.
- Text4Baby: Receive supportive text messages every week through this free app, timed to the due date or baby's date of birth.
- Maternal Vaccines: Part of a Healthy Pregnancy: This webpage on the importance of vaccines during pregnancy is also available as a short handout. [PDF, 772KB]
Caring for an Infant
Caring for a new baby is a learning experience for families, even if they already have other children. Each baby is unique. Share these resources with expectant families so they can plan how to welcome and care for their new arrival.
- The Decision to Breastfeed: In this OWH video, moms explain why they made the decision to breastfeed.
- Is My Baby Getting Enough Milk?: A pediatrician answers this common question in a short video from OWH.
- How Lifestyle Affects Breast Milk: Smoking, Drugs, and Alcohol: This information can help mothers to better understand the consequences of smoking, using drugs, and drinking alcohol during pregnancy.
- Your Guide to Breastfeeding: Learn about the health benefits of breastfeeding for mom and baby.
- For Chinese-speaking families:
- An Easy Guide to Breastfeeding (In Chinese): Discover the benefits of and common concerns related to breastfeeding.
Health and Safety at Home
- After the Baby Arrives: Review health, safety, and child development fact sheets from the CDC.
- A Healthy Smile for Your Baby: Parents can use these tips to protect baby's teeth and gums, and their own.
- Lead Poisoning Prevention: Explore the basics of lead, its effects on young children, and how to prevent exposure and poisoning.
- Responsive Feeding: Discover a collection of video and print resources for setting children up for a lifetime of healthy eating.
- Building a Foundation for Healthy Active Living: These printable infographics support healthy feeding habits for infants and toddlers.
- Safe to Sleep® Campaign Materials: Find a variety of materials to help share safe infant sleep messages.
Last Updated: March 4, 2019