PREBLE COUNTY — What is Early Head Start and why can it be important to a child?
Early Head Start is a comprehensive early childhood development program that serves low-income children aged birth to three years and their families, at no cost. It is a federally funded program that is operated by Council on Rural Services/Kids Learning Place in Preble County.
The option available in all areas of Preble County is home-based learning with staff visiting families (1 ½ hours) each week and periodic group socializations with planned activities.
Home visitors work with family members and children in Early Head Start by early school readiness programming using “Parents As Teachers”®. This is an evidence-based home visiting curricula that support a parent’s role in promoting school readiness and healthy development of children.
“We embrace learning experiences that are appropriate and customized for the individual needs of each family and child. Children also receive education and health screenings and are served healthy snacks at socializations. There is also a prenatal service option with assistance both prenatal and post-partum for you and your child. We support family well-being, link the family with community resources, educate on child development and transition planning for your newborn to the Early Head Start program,” officials said in a press release this week.
Families are always involved and the center of Early Head Start’s success. Families can take part in the home visits, socialization groups, and even serve on the Policy Council, a board which partners with staff in decision-making for the program.
How do you enroll children?
Kids Learning Place/Early Head Start is now taking applications for current openings in this home-based program. Call 1-888-627-4557 for information about eligibility for the program which provides services to children that are income eligible, in foster care, or homeless. The program also allocates 10 percent of the slots for children with diagnosed special needs. To secure a child’s spot in the no-cost program, call 1-866-627-4557.