The Four Cornerstones of Early Head Start are:

  • Child Development:  Parenting and health education that is developmentally appropriate and culturally sensitive.
  • Family Development:  and empowering families’ abilities to support and nurture their children by meeting social and economic goals. Encouraging leadership through participation in Policy Council.
  • Staff Development:  Continuous training to assure that services are relevant and of high quality.
  • Community Building:  Increasing the community’s capacity to support its families and children.

Early Head Start can help you:

  • answer questions about your pregnancy, labor and delivery
  • discover the latest ideas in baby care and development
  • learn about playing with your infant and toddler
  • and plan a healthy future for you, your baby and your family.

You can take advantage of supportive home visits which:

  • provide you and your family with your own “Parent Partner”
  • share early childhood health and development information
  • and include fun, educational activities for you, your baby and the whole family to do together

 You can be part of:

  • parent/child socialization groups
  • parent support and education activities
  • community events
  • policy council and parent committees
  • and family literacy projects

You can connect with community resources like:

  • prenatal care
  • well-child care
  • food, through WIC and other nutrition services
  • support services for you and your child
  • education and job training
  • family planning services
  • and child development programs
  • Child Care
  • Family Literacy Training

You are eligible for Early Head Start if you are:

  • pregnant or have a child under 3 years of age
  • a teen parent or a foster parent
  • are living below the poverty level, receiving TANF benefits or S.S.I. benefits
  • homeless, or hidden homeless (couch-surfing)
  • and living in the districts of North and South Kona, Waikoloa, North and South Kohala, Ka’u Kamuela or Honoka‘a

For More Information

  • Kona (West Hawai‘i Early Head Start):  808-334-4123 or 808-334-4138
  • Waimea:  808-885-0086 x 12
  • Ka’u:  808-939-7028

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