Early Head Start

Early Head Start (EHS) is a federal program serving low-income pregnant women, infants, toddlers, and their families by providing child development and family support services in home-based, center-based, and family child care settings. EHS provides children with individualized services and high-quality early care and learning environments, as well as helps build parents’ skills and community connections.


Early Head Start improves numerous aspects of child-parent relationships, promotes access to good-quality care, positively impacts parent health and emotional wellbeing, and improves children’s language and vocabulary skills and problem behaviors.

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Maine ranked 18 out of 50 states and D.C. in amount of resources a working parent has available to support their family. Consider this scenario: a single parent with an infant and a toddler who works
Policies supporting early childhood help people meet their full potential, as well as facilitate economic growth. Tax credits reduce child poverty, paid family leave improves parents’ mental health, and Early Head Start programs enhance literacy
You may know our signature publication, the Prenatal-to-3 State Policy Roadmap, which provides states with actionable, evidence-based policy solutions to support young children and their parents. But did you know that the Roadmap is just
We released our 2022 Prenatal-to-3 State Policy Roadmap in October which provides guidance to state leaders on the most effective investments states can make to ensure all children thrive from the start. Below, you’ll find
Rigorous scientific evidence informs our annual policy guide, which gives states actionable solutions to improve outcomes for all young children.