Covid-19 AlertDue to COVID-19 health concerns, Early Head Start sites remain closed.

During this closure, staff will continue to engage families and to deliver remote services where possible. Fresno EOC will be providing meals to over 3,000 enrolled prenatal women and children of Head Start 0 to 5. Early Head Start families will receive home delivery and Head Start families will have a pick-up date at their Head Start site. View locations and dates.

Locations

EHS has several locations. Click here to find the center nearest to you.

Two program options

EHS offers center-based services and home-based visitation services.

Eligibility

Early Head Start offers no-cost services to pregnant women and families who meet federal low-income guidelines. Find out more here.

About Early Head Start

What We Do

Early Head Start (EHS) is a federally funded community-based program for low-income families with infants and toddlers and pregnant women. We provide comprehensive child development and family support services to pregnant women and families with infants and toddlers, from birth to age three.  Its goals are simple:

  • to promote healthy prenatal outcomes for pregnant women
  • to enhance the development of very young children
  • to promote healthy family functioning

Two Program Options

EHS has two program options: Home-Based Visitation Services and Center-Based Services. Through these two program options, EHS provides individualized child development, parent education and early opportunities for infants/toddlers with and without disabilities to develop in nurturing and inclusive settings.

Home-Based

The Home-Based Visitation option consists of weekly 90-minute home visits, twice a month socialization groups, breastfeeding support, pre- and post-natal education, and labor support classes. For parents of children ages 0-3, visits include parent education, child development guidance, parent/child interaction guidance, and more.

Center-Based

The Center-Based option provides year-round childcare from Monday-Friday between the hours of 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. All diapers, wipes, bottles, food, and formula for the enrolled child are provided. It is not required that toddlers to be potty trained to enroll.

Both options include

  • Individualized curriculum and early literacy activities
  • Parent engagement and family support
  • Disabilities support (in collaboration with Part ‘C’ provider, 10% federal mandate)
  • Ongoing developmental assessment
  • Guidance in meeting family goals

 

  • Program governance activities
  • Health, safety, and nutrition education
  • Registered nurse on staff
  • Community engagement
  • All services are of no cost to families

Eligibility

Interested families may call or walk into our Central Office to complete an Interest Card. An Early Head Start staff member will then call to arrange an appointment to complete a program application with the parent/guardian. Applications for program services are accepted year-round. Center-Based applications must be completed at the center you wish to apply for.

To be eligible for Home-Based Visitation Services you must meet the income guidelines, be a pregnant woman, or have an infant (note: for parents of infants, selection preference is given to parents of infants 0-12 months of age or an infant 0-18 months with a certified disability).

To be eligible for Center-Based Services you must meet the income guidelines, have an infant or toddler between the ages of 6 weeks to 30 months (services continue to the age of 3 years), and be working full-time, enrolled in school full-time or be a part-time combination of the two*.

One document under each category is needed in order for an application to be considered complete:

Call us to sign up!
(559) 263-1550

  • Birth Verification
    • Birth Certificate
    • Hospital Records
    • Federal or State Records (Driver’s License, ID Card)
    • Passport/I-94

 

  • Income Verification
    • Previous year Income Tax Form 1040
    • W-2
    • Cal WORKs TANF
    • SSI Benefits
    • Pay Stubs (the last 12 months)
    • Social Security, State Disability, and/or Unemployment Benefits

*Upon acceptance into one of the centers, work and/or school verification from the employer and/or school will be necessary for the child to be enrolled.

LOCATIONS

Central Office

Administration Staff & Home-Based Visitation site for Fresno City-Urban, EPU, & Parc Grove

1920 Mariposa Street, Suite 130
Fresno, CA 93721
(559) 263-1550

Child Development Center

1441 Divisadero
Fresno, CA 93721
(559) 487-1053
7:30 AM – 5:30 PM M-F

 

Jane Addams Child Development Center

2117 W. McKinley
Fresno, CA 93728
(559) 457-2515
7:30 AM – 5:30 PM

 

FOWLER/SELMA

(Serves Fowler, Selma, & Parlier)

2056 Second Street
Selma, CA 93662
(559) 896-1990
8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Highway City

(Serves families within the city zip code of 93722)

4721 N. Jennifer, Suite 10
Fresno, CA 93722
(559) 275-3321
8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

 

Kerman

(Serves Kerman & Biola)

719 S. Madera
Kerman, CA 93657
(559) 846-3990
8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

 

Mt. Carmel at Franklin Head Start

(Serves families within the city zip code of 93706)

1189 Martin Street
Fresno, CA 93706
(559) 264-5315
8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Sanger/Reedley

(Serves Sanger, Reedley, & Del Rey,
as well as Fowler, Selma, & Parlier)

2056 Second Street
Selma, CA 93662
(559) 896-1990
8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Reedley Socialization Site

Jefferson Elementary School

1220 E. Washington
Reedley, CA 93654
8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Early Head Start the same as Head Start?

Although similar, Early Head Start (EHS) and Head Start are not exactly the same.  EHS serves prenatal women and families with infants and toddlers up to the age of 3 years old, while Head Start serves 3 and 4 year olds and their families.

What services do you provide?

Early Head Start (EHS) has two program options: Home-Based Visitation and Center-Based services. EHS provides comprehensive child development and family support services for pregnant women and families with infants and toddlers, from birth to age three.

Is EHS only for moms?

No, dads and/or legal guardians are able to apply as well.

Are teen parents able to apply?

Yes.

Will you help me with my child’s behavior problem?

EHS can provide you with information to help you better understand your child’s development (including behavior), skills you can use to redirect them toward positive behavior, and link you to local resources to provide additional assistance if needed.

Do you have daycare for kids?
Yes, the center-based option provides year-round care for children 6 weeks to 3 years old from Monday-Friday between the hours of 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Is Early Head Start a preschool?
EHS provides childcare services, but also provides comprehensive child development and family support services to pregnant women and families with infants and toddlers, from birth to age three.
What does the childcare cost?
EHS services are free to those who qualify. Call us at (559) 263-1550 to learn more about income requirements.
How old do my kids need to be to join?
Children between the ages of 6 weeks to 30 months may attend center-based EHS programs (services continue to the age of 3 years), but EHS also has services for pregnant women.
I’m pregnant. What services do you have for pregnant women?
EHS services include socialization groups, breastfeeding support, prenatal education, labor support classes, and more.
Is there a waiting list to join?
For center-based services, yes, there is usually a waiting list. Wait lists prioritize those with high need and disabilities.

For home visitation services, there is usually no waiting list.

How You Can Help

Volunteers

Aside from the parent volunteers who participate in our program, we do accept volunteers from the community on a case by case basis.  We have had students, who need lab or community hours, volunteer at our child development centers. Those who are interested in volunteering should call our Central Office at (559) 263-1550.