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Early Head Start & Head Start Accepting Applications

Willimantic CT, April 19, 2018 – EASTCONN’s NAEYC-accredited Early Head Start and Head Start programs are now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 school year.

Early Head Start and Head Start are federally funded child and family development programs that promote the school readiness of children, prenatal to age 5, from low-income families in Tolland and Windham counties. 

EASTCONN Early Head Start and Head Start programs provide high-quality early childhood programming, including small class sizes, a low child-to-staff ratio and parent engagement in their children's learning. A developmentally appropriate school readiness curriculum, based on the Connecticut Early Learning and Development Standards, is used in conjunction with medical, dental, nutritional and social service supports.

Early Head Start serves children, birth to age three, pregnant women and their families. Options include center-based (Killingly and Plainfield) or home-based programming (all of northeast Connecticut). Services for pregnant women include home visits, support with accessing medical and dental care and a newborn well-child visit by a health professional.

Head Start serves children, ages three to five, in Killingly, Plainfield and Putnam. Children are assessed using federal Head Start outcomes as well as the Connecticut Preschool Benchmarks to ensure curricular alignment with the public schools that they will attend. Transportation may be available.

Applications can be found online at www.eastconn.org/head-start or by calling EASTCONN Enrollment Coordinator Jen Snyder at 860-455-1586. Families may also request a facility tour or a home visit for application assistance. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year. Income eligibility guidelines apply.

EASTCONN also administers Early Head Start and Head Start in Windham and Head Start in Stafford. For more information about these programs contact 860-465-2627 (Windham) or 860-684-3181 (Stafford).

EASTCONN is a public, non-profit Regional Educational Service Center that has been serving the education needs of northeastern Connecticut schools and communities since 1980. Visit www.eastconn.org.