Our Programs

Early 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.

Who

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. 

What

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.

Where

Home-based services and center-based services help support learning and development, and provides families with links to community resources.

How

All Early Head Start services are free, but families must qualify based on one of the following criteria:

  • Income –federal poverty guidelines 
  • Homelessness
  • 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

757.566.TOTS

or fill out the online contact form

EHS 2018-2019 Annual Report

EHS 2017-2018 Annual Report

Two program options are available:

Home-based Services
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.

Center-based Services
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.

To find out more about volunteer opportunities with EHS, please email

or call

757.566.3300

Stay In Touch

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
p: 757.378.3177

First Steps Child Care & Development Centers

Griffin-Yeates Learning Center
1490 Government Road, Williamsburg, VA 23185
p: 757.220.1168

Lafayette High School Center
4460 Longhill Road, Williamsburg, VA 23188
p: 757.564.0410

Child Development Resources EIN 54-0791991

Questions or concerns about your child? 

Call CDR’s TOTS line at 757.566.TOTS.

¿Tiene preguntas acerca de su bebé o niño? 
llame al 757.566.3300.

hours

Monday-Friday
8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

contact

p: 757.566.3300
f: 757.566.8977
e: info@cdr.org