Centers offering this program

SKCDC operates Early Head Start programs for infants, toddlers, and their families. Early Head Start encompasses a comprehensive range of services, similar to Head Start, including child and family development, health and nutrition, and community partnerships. Services are provided in centers and in home-based, family visiting programs. 

Current research regarding brain development during the first three years supports the principles that form the foundation for Early Head Start. SKCDC’s Early Head Start programs support each child’s physical, social, emotional, cognitive, and language development through early education experiences in a variety of settings. Recognizing that parents are children’s first and most important teachers, staff and families create individualized plans that promote the strength-based development of child and family goals. All Early Head Start staff receive ongoing training and professional development opportunities that increase skills in developing caring, supportive relationships with children and families.

Early Head Start programs strive to provide all enrolled children and families with continuity of care that supports the development of strong, stable relationships between caregivers and children.

The expectant families program is for families who are pregnant and anticipating the need for Child Care or Early Head Start services after the baby is born. The program provides prenatal home visiting services. A variety of curricula are used including: Florida State Partners for Healthy Baby Curriculum and Healthy Families Great Beginnings Prenatal Curriculum.