Early Head Start

To expand high-quality early learning opportunities in the years before preschool, Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships support communities to increase the number of Early Head Start and child care providers that can meet the highest standards of quality for infants and toddlers.


What is an EHS-CC Partnership?

EHS-CC Partnerships bring together the best of two worlds – combining the

strengths of child care and Early Head Start programs. The Partnerships layer

funding to provide comprehensive services and high-quality early learning

environments for low-income working families with infants and toddlers.


Long-term outcomes for the program include:

  • Sustained, mutually respectful and collaborative EHS-CC partnerships

  • A more highly-educated and fully-qualified workforce providing high-quality

infant-toddler care and education, along with an increased supply of

high-quality early learning environments and infant-toddler care 

  • Well-aligned early childhood policies, regulations and resources, with quality

improvement support at national, state and local levels

  • Improved family and child well-being and progress toward school readiness


Child care centers and family child care providers respond to the needs of

working families by offering flexible and convenient full-day and full-year

services. Experienced child care providers offer care that is strongly grounded

in the cultural, linguistic and social needs of families and communities. Many

child care centers and family child care providers lack the resources to address

the needs of the nation’s most vulnerable children.

Enrollment Process Requirements:

  • Your child’s birth certificate and your own driver’s license or ID

  • Your child’s immunization records and medical insurance information, if available

  • If you work, proof of your income (could be W-2 form, pay stubs, or a statement from your employer)

  • If you attend school, proof of your student status