Early Head Start

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Center-Based

Center-Based option provides quality care to children in a safe and developmentally appropriate education setting. It offers enrichment experiences in an atmosphere of acceptance through reciprocal and responsive interactions between teachers and babies/toddlers.

This is an excellent option for families working and/or in school full-time.

Center-based service areas:

  • Sterling
  • Ottawa
  • Streator
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Home-Based

Each child/family enrolled in the Early Head Start home-based option will have a Parent-Child Educator come to their home for 90 minutes each week. During these weekly visits, the Parent-Child Educator will work in partnership with the child’s parent(s) to provide early learning experiences. The Parent-Child Educator provides services and resources for parents and children around the topics of child health and developmental services, early childhood education and development, health and safety, child nutrition and child mental health.

Children and families also attend Family Fun Days that are scheduled twice a month; offering adult snacks and parent networking.

Home-based service areas:

  • Bureau County
  • LaSalle County
  • Lee County
  • Marshall County
  • Ogle County
  • Putnam County
  • Whiteside County