Early Head Start Programs

Early Head Start (EHS) is a federally funded early childhood development program aimed to assist at risk, low-income families. Children and families enrolled in the center-based program option receive comprehensive child development services in a center-based setting, supplemented with home visits by the child's teacher and other EHS staff. The home-based program option offers children and families support through weekly home visits and bi-monthly group socialization experiences. EHS also serves children through locally designed family child care options, in which certified child care providers care for children in their homes. UWA Early Head Start provides the following services: early education both in and out of the home; parenting education; comprehensive health and mental health services for mothers and children; nutrition education; and family support services. 

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SMILE - LA Avenue

SMILE - Lafayette

United Way of Acadiana

Early Head Start

Early Head Start programs support the comprehensive development of children from 6 weeks to age 3, as well as pregnant moms, in centers and in their own homes. Comprehensive development services include early learning, health and family well-being.