Center based services are now open!


All COVID-19 health and safety measures in accordance with Fresno County Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are in place to ensure the health and well-being of families and children served.

If you are interested in full-day child care services at our two center base sites please contact:

  • Child Development Center (559)487-1053
  • Addams Child Development Center (559)457-2515


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.


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 income eligible pregnant women and families with children ages birth to age three. We provide comprehensive child development and family support services.  Our goals are:

  • 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 inclusive of disabilities to develop in nurturing and developmentally appropriate environments.


The Home-Based Visitation option consists of weekly 90-minute home visits, twice a month socialization (play) groups. We provide pre- and post-natal education inclusive of breastfeeding, fetal development, parental depression, preparing and caring for baby and so much more. For parents of children ages 0-3, visits include parent education, child development guidance, parent/child interaction guidance, ongoing developmental assessment, and more .


The Center-Based option provides year-round childcare from Monday-Friday between the hours of 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. This is a no cost child care program for income eligible families who can verify a need due to employment or school. We serve children as young as six weeks old through age three.  All diapers, wipes, bottles, food, and formula for the enrolled child are provided. It is not required that toddlers be toilet 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


 To be eligible for Home-Based Visitation Services you must meet the income guidelines, be a pregnant woman, or have an infant or toddler (note: selection preference is given to foster care, certified disability (IFSP), and homeless).

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*.

Interested families may call (559) 263-1550 for home visitation or (559)487-1053 for center base services.

An Interest Card will be completed and an Early Head Start staff will follow up to arrange an appointment to complete an application with parent or guardian. Application for program services are accepted year round. 

Documents required under each category in order for an application to be considered complete:

Call or email 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 (preferred)
    • 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.


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 Monday-Friday


Jane Addams Child Development Center

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



(Serves Fowler, Selma, & Del Rey)

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) 275-3322
8:30 AM – 5:00 PM



(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


(Serves Sanger, Reedley, & Parlier)

2056 Second Street
Selma, CA 93662
(559) 896-1991
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?


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) and skills you can use to redirect them toward positive behavior.  If needed, local resources may be provided for additional assistance.

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 breastfeeding education, prenatal and post-natal education, and socialization groups. We promote father/father figure involvement.

Is there a waiting list to join?

For center-based services, currently there is no waitlist. Enrollment is prioritized for those with high need and disabilities.

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

How You Can Help

Due to COVID -19 concerns, volunteers are not being accepted at this time. 


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 (559)487-1053.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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