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Early Head Start

Early Head Start (EHS) gives children from at-risk backgrounds the skills they need to be successful in school and in life, supporting more kids, families, and communities on their path to success. EHS programs engage parents and guardians in being their child’s first and best teacher and nurturer in two program options; home visiting or family child care.

Income Eligibility:  100% of Federal Poverty Guidelines 

EHS - Home Visiting                                                         
Pregnant women and families with children from birth - 3 years old
EHS - Family Child Care Partnerships
Infants 6 weeks - 4 years old
In addition: 
Infants and toddlers with special needs, foster children and homeless children

Service Delivery

EHS Home Visiting (EHS-HV) supports parents/guardians in their roles as their child’s first and most important teacher in their home through:
  • Individualized, 90-minute, play-based educational visits from highly-trained home visiting staff each week.
  • Fun, family-focused visits utilizing Parents as Teachers Education Curriculum (PAT).
  • Developmental child screening and assessments.
  • Services to children with special needs.
  • Playgroups in the community offered twice monthly for you and your child.
  • Family and community engagement activities and connection to community resources.
  • Health and wellness services.
  • Support for your child’s transition to Head Start preschool.

EHS - Family Child Care Partnerships (EHS-FCCP) bring together in-home child care and EHS Services for families who are working or in school. In addition to EHS education, family and community engagement, and health and wellness services, you can expect: 
  • Homes that are licensed and meet safety requirements.
  • High-quality learning environments with a low child-to-teacher ratio.
  • Individualized daily/weekly, play-based lesson planning utilizing Creative Curriculum, which focuses on the whole child.
  • Weekly, educational visits for providers and children at their home care center by professionally-trained coaches.
  • In the family child care home you will see:
    • Nurturing personal care for infants and toddlers;
    • Family style nutritious meals and snacks;
    • Fun educational learning environments and experiences supporting the whole child;
    • Communication about each child’s progress through daily conversations, parent-teacher conferences and home visits.
Butler County ESC partners with the Ohio Department of Health's Ohio Buckles Buckeyes Program and Cincinnati Children's Hospital to provide car seats to eligible client families and car seat safety education to the community.


How To Make A Referral



EHS Program Supervisor 
EHS-FCCP Coach Coordinator