Our ProgramsEarly Head Start
Early Head Start (EHS) helps children and their families when they need help the most.
From before the baby is born until that child reaches his or her third birthday, EHS promotes family self-reliance and healthy parent-child relationships through a range of support services for families in Williamsburg, James City, York County, and Poquoson.
EHS serves infants and toddlers under the age of 3, and pregnant women. EHS programs provide intensive comprehensive child development and family support services to low-income infant and toddlers and their families.
EHS programs are designed to nurture healthy attachments between parent and child (and child and caregiver). Services encompass the full range of a family’s needs from pregnancy through a child’s third birthday.
Home-based services and center-based services help support learning and development, and provides families with links to community resources.
All Early Head Start services are free, but families must qualify based on one of the following criteria:
- Income –federal poverty guidelines
- Foster child
At least 10 percent of the babies and toddlers enrolled in Early Head Start must be children with disabilities, so families of children with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
To find out more or to apply for the program, please call CDR’s Central Point of Entry
Two program options are available:
Under this option, an experienced Family Advocate visits the family in their home every week. The advocate helps families value and support their children’s learning and development, provides information regarding health and safety in their home environment, and links the family to community resources.
Families are also offered developmental playgroups and family events.
CDR provides center-based EHS services in the two locations of its First Steps Child Care & Development Centers: Lafayette High School and the Griffin-Yeates Center.
Children in EHS classrooms enjoy the very best in early childhood education: individualized care in child-friendly rooms with no more than eight children in a classroom and two teachers and an assistant teacher. The centers provide loving care in a full-day, full-year setting, and the teacher and center-based Family Advocate provide two parent teacher conferences and two home visits each year for each family.
Families also receive family support and community resources from the center-based Family Advocate.
With Early Head Start, families never have to face challenges on their own. CDR’s well-trained staff help each family identify their strengths and make a plan to reach their family goals.
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Child Development Resources
150 Point O’Woods Road, Williamsburg, VA 23188
Mail Address: P.O. Box 280, Norge, VA 23127
Training Department/Center for Professional Development
210 Packets Court, Williamsburg, VA 23185
First Steps Child Care & Development Centers
Griffin-Yeates Learning Center
1490 Government Road, Williamsburg, VA 23185
Lafayette High School Center
4460 Longhill Road, Williamsburg, VA 23188
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