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About Early Head Start

“Babies Can’t Wait”

Fresno EOC Early Head Start Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide comprehensive child development and family support services to pregnant women and families with infants and toddlers, birth to age three.

Early Head Start (EHS) evolved out of Head Start's long history of providing services to infants and toddlers through Parent Child Centers, Comprehensive Child Development Centers (CCDPs) and Migrant Head Start programs.  In 1994, the Secretary of Health and Human Services formed an Advisory Committee on Services for Families with Infants and Toddlers to design EHS.  Recent advances in the field of infant development had made this an especially exciting time to have Head Start formally expand its family to include the provision of Early Head Start services.