Early Head Start
We fight to break the cycle of poverty by providing preschool children of low-income families with a comprehensive program to meet their emotional, social, health, nutritional, and psychological needs and support the families in improving their lives.
A child’s brain is 90% developed by age five, making the early childhood years one of the best opportunities to shape a child’s future.That’s why United Way believes all children should have access to high quality early care and education.
Infants and toddlers are given that chance through United Way’s Early Head Start (EHS) program. EHS is a federal to local program that provides child-development and family-centered services for low-income families in Hamden, West Haven, and New Haven.
This two-generational program focuses on the well-being of the child, as well as building a relationship with the family. Children benefit from the nurturing and learning provided in a year-round, high-quality program, while parents are connected to services that enable them to pursue goals such as going back to school and getting a job.
United Way manages this complex program, using local funds to leverage federal dollars to meet a high priority need in our community.
Starting early is a proven way to help children be successful in school and life, and is a big part of our strategy to make sure all children, no matter the obstacles, are ready for college and career.
- Since 2015, United Way has tripled its Early Head Start slots available to families in Hamden, West Haven, and New Haven.
- Over 18 state and community providers participate in United Way’s EHS work.
- We have provided over 75 early childhood professionals access to professional development opportunities to improve their quality and practice in the classroom.
To inquire about how to enroll your child in our Early Head Start program, please contact:
All Our Kin
Student Parenting and Family Services
Elizabeth Celotto Child Care Center
Morning Glory Infant Toddler Center
LULAC Head Start
West Haven Child Development Center