Early Head Start

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Stafford EHS has immediate openings and accepting applications.

Early Head Start
located in
West Stafford School
153 West Stafford Road
Stafford Springs, CT 06076
(860) 684-3181

Serving Children and Families in Stafford and Surrounding Towns

Early Hard Start (EHS) provides high-quality, early childhood programming for families and children, prenatal to age three (3). The program is FREE and offers a school-readiness curriculum in conjunction with medical, dental, nutritional and social service supports. EastCONN administers the Early Head Start program in Stafford in collaboration with Stafford Public Schools.

Is My Child Eligible to Participate?

All expectant mothers and parents who have children up to age three are encouraged to apply. You or your child are automatically eligible if:

Federal Definition of Homeless

(1) Individual or family who lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate. nighttime residence, meaning:

(i) Has a primary nighttime residence that is a public or. private place not meant for human habitation;

(ii) Is living in a publicly or privately operated shelter.

Services May Include:
  • Weekly scheduled home visits that focus on your child's educational development and support positive parent /child relationships
  • Opportunities for socialization with the other enrolled families that support your child's play in a weekly group setting
  • Professional guidance on parenting strategies
  • Support with accessing medical and dental care
  • A newborn baby well-child visit by a health professional

What are the Benefits?

For Children

  • A safe and healthy learning environment
  • School-readiness skills
  • Health and behavioral screenings
  • Positive relationships with other children
  • Supportive, caring teachers and staff

For Families

  • Involvement in your child's education
  • Free family workshops
  • Access to community services
  • Help with parenting challenges
  • Opportunity to meet other families in your community
  • Leadership Opportunities

"Stafford Early Head Start has not only helped me as a first time parent learn how to handle the ever changing needs of my daughter, but they have also helped us create goals that we can achieve. With Early Head Start we have been given access to many opportunities for my daughter even during this pandemic. At the end of the day the key to your little one's success is your involvement as a parent and Early Head Start helps me understand that even the little things I do make a huge difference."

~ AG - Parent

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