Early Head Start

The TCOC Early Head Start Program is a comprehensive, family development program for families experiencing low-income and/or have a child with a diagnosed disability. The main goals of the program are to foster social competence and enhance self-concept and self-esteem. Implementation is accomplished through a balance of center and home activities shared by Teachers, Parent/Child Educators, and Parents, recognizing a child’s family as the main influence of their development.

Program Options

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:

  • Whiteside County
  • Ogle County
  • Rochelle
  • LaSalle/Peru
  • Lee County
  • Mendota/Earlville
  • Bureau/Putnam/Marshall
  • Ottawa/Marseilles/Streator
  • 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
  • 2021 Eligibility Guidelines

    • To be enrolled in Early Head Start, a child must be under the age of 3 (children 3-5 may be eligible for the Head Start Program).
    • Pregnant moms may enroll
    • The family must meet income guidelines
    • Children with a diagnosed disability may be considered for enrollment regardless of income

    To determine your family’s eligibility, please call 1-800-323-5434 and ask for Head Start.

    Family Size I.E. 50% I.E. 75% I.E. 100% OG 101%-130%
    1 Person
    $0-$6,440
    $6,441-$9,660
    $9,661-$12,880
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    2 Persons
    $0-$8,710
    $8,711-$13,065
    $13,066-$17,420
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    3 Persons
    $0-$10,980
    $10,981-$16,470
    $16,471-$21,960
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    4 Persons
    $0-$13,250
    $13,251-$19,875
    $19,876-$26,500
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    5 Persons
    $0-$15,520
    $15,521-$23,280
    $23,281-$31,040
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    6 Persons
    $0-$17,790
    $17,791-$26,685
    $26,686-$35,580
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    7 Persons
    $0-$20,060
    $20,061-$30,090
    $30,091-$40,120
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    8 Persons
    $0-$22,330
    $22,331-$33,495
    $33,496-$44,660
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    For family units with more than 8 members, add $4,540 for each additional member to arrive at yearly amounts.

    How To Apply

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