Early Head Start (Ages 0 to 3)
Rutland County Head Start now includes Early Head Start, a high-quality infant/toddler program and family support.
Early Head Start classrooms serve eligible children from birth to age 3 and their families.
Early Head Start programs provide high-quality child care and family-centered services for eligible families with very young children.
Infants and toddlers receive center-based care with responsive, loving teachers highly trained in early care and child development. Parent services include groups, support and resources to help address individualized family needs. Classroom environments are beautifully designed and create opportunities for babies and their caregivers to explore, learn and connect.
Early Head Start programs focus on early attachment, supporting healthy development and nutritional needs. The Early Head Start program has low teacher/child ratios. Additionally, the program teams are trained by experts in early development, promoting responsive, loving relationships between teachers and children. Early Head Start programs promote the physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development of infants and toddlers through safe and developmentally enriching caregiving. This prepares these children for continued growth and development and eventual success in school and life.
The Early Head Start Family Service program provides support to families in need of resources such as housing stability, transportation, and resources referral. Early Head Start also offers caregivers assistance in meeting personal goals such as returning to college, starting a business, and leadership opportunities.
Early Head Start offers a full-year/school day program (8am-2pm) Monday – Friday at both the Meadow Street location and the Children’s Discovery Center.