Early Head Start

What is Early Head Start?

Durham Early Head Start is a collaboration between Durham’s Partnership for Children, Chapel Hill Training-Outreach Project and Center for Child & Family Health. Early Head Start is a free, comprehensive child development and family support program for low-income families with children aged birth to three years old and to expectant families. 

The Durham EHS program serves 100 children and their families in two program options: center-based and home-based. Pregnant women are enrolled in the home-based option. 
Home-Based Services:
• Families receive one home visit per week from a Home Visitor who is trained in the research-based Parents as Teachers curriculum. 
• Parents participate in learning activities designed to enhance their child’s learning, and receive information and support on parenting issues as well as resource and referral information. 
• Expecting moms receive home visits at least once per month from a Home Visitor who is trained in the research-based Partners for a Healthy Baby curriculum. 
• Moms receive information and support on having a healthy pregnancy, as well as resource and referral information. 
• Families  and Expecting Moms  have an opportunity to attend a Play Group with other children and families twice per month.
• Home visits are available in Spanish and English.
• Parents are encouraged to play an active role in the management of DEHS by joining parent committees and policy groups.
Center-Based Services:
• Children receive full-day/full year childcare in one of our three partnering child care centers in Durham: Early Start Academy, Bryson Christian Montessori, and Little People Day Care.
• Early Head Start teachers and staff provide a nurturing and stimulating learning environment for children.
• Families commit to participate in home visits and  parent-teacher conferences.
• Family Service Coordinators meet individually with parents to provide information,  support, and resource and referral information
• Families have an opportunity to attend parent meetings and to become active in the management of the Durham EHS program.

Who is eligible?
• Pregnant women and children who will be 2 or younger as of August 31, whose address is in Durham County.
• Foster children and children from families receiving public assistance (TANF or SSI) regardless of income.
• Children with documented disabilities may be eligible regardless of income.
• Families who meet income eligibility as determined by Federal Poverty Guidelines.

 Family Size Family Income
 2 $ 15,730
 3 $ 19,790
 4 $ 23,850
 5 $ 27,910
 $ 31,970
 $ 35,030
 $ 40,090
 More than 8
 Add $4,060 for each
 additional person

How can I apply?

Enrollment Applications can be downloaded here and applications may be submitted at the Durham Early Head Start Office.
Durham EHS Prenatal Application [English] [Spanish]
Durham EHS Application [English] [Spanish]

Applications must include:
1. Completed and signed application
2. Proof of income or school for both legal guardians, if in the home (Examples are: pay stubs for 1 month, most recent W-2 or 1040 Tax form, SSI or TANF documentation, letter from employer, letter from school, school schedule), or a notarized Statement of No Income
3. Proof of child’s age - something official with your child's birth date on it (Birth Certificate or Passport, Medicaid Card, etc.)
4. Proof of Durham Residency - a lease or bill or ID that shows you live in Durham
5. Special Services Paperwork - if your child receives any special services, documentation about that (sometimes called an IFSP)
Please call or stop by the Durham Early Head Start Office for more information.

Durham Early Head Start
1201 S. Briggs Ave., Suite 110
Durham, NC 27707
Phone: (919) 439-7107
Fax: (866) 839-1642
Email: info@durhamehs.org

Families with children age 3 and 4 and who reside in Durham are advised to contact Durham Head Start at (919) 688-5541.

Resources and Links

North Carolina Head Start Association

Early Head Start National Resource Center

Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center

Zero to Three

Head Start Performance Standards

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