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

Lafayette Parish Early Childhood Community Network

In order to improve Early Childhood care and education throughout the parish, the school system, NSECD, Type III Early Learning Centers (Childcare), Head Start and Early Head Start have joined together to raise the level of expectations and birth-to-five standards to promote kindergarten readiness.