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Early Head Start

EHS BlocksHead Start and Early Head Start are accepting applications for the upcoming 2014-15 school year. Contact 603-516-8144 more information. We also have application days set for August 13 & 27 in Rochester (Community Center, 150 Wakefield Street); July 8 in Dover (62A Whittier Street) and July 14 in Farmington (120 Main Street). Visit our events page for information or email

Early Head Start programs provide early, continuous, and comprehensive child development and family support services on a year-round basis to eligible families in Barrington, Dover, Farmington, Milton, Rochester and Somersworth. Early Head Start is ahome-based program for families with children under the age of 3 and pregnant women. The program includes infant-toddler activities, comprehensive health care, nutrition, education, and social services for the children and their families.

Registration requirements:

Birth certificate or other verification of date of birth
Immunization records
Verification of income (12 months)
There may be space for over-income families

Early Head Start is mandated by the federal government to serve the neediest families first. We give priority to families that have incomes below the federal poverty guidelines; those receiving Temporary Assistance to Needy Families or Social Security Insurance; are homeless or foster children.

Call 603-516-8144 or email for information or to learn how to apply

Forms/Documents:

Employment release

Unemployment release

Zero income verification

Prenatal Services

  • Weekly home visits 90 minutes in length
  • Prenatal education
  • Access to a Registered Nurse and Lactation Consultant

Infant & Toddler Services

  • Weekly home visits 90 minutes in length
  • Parent / child activities designed to enhance development
  • On-going developmental screening and assessment

Family Services

  • Parenting support and education
  • Parent involvement opportunities and social activities
  • Support with access to needed community services
  • Parents and children also attend one of our centers weekly for various activities

Head Start Locations & Resources

To apply for the program, contact your nearest Head Start Center or call 603-516-8144 or email

Dover
62A Whittier Street
603-516-2300

Farmington
120 Main Street
603-755-2883

Milton
55 Industrial Drive
603-652-0990

Rochester
150 Wakefield Street
603-516-2320

Somersworth
184 Maple Street Extension
603-817-5458

Web Links:

New Hampshire Head Start 2012

Office of Head Start (under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) http://bit.ly/I7amYj

National Head Start Association http://www.nhsa.org/

National Association for the Education of Young Children http://www.naeyc.org/

Head Start Testimonial

“In one year, I witnessed my daughter change from a toddler-like dependent to a little girl with the tools and understanding needed for the challenges that readily await her,” said Darril, a father from Dover. “It brings great joy to see her rapidly progress due to her Head Start experience. Head Start not only prepared my daughter for kindergarten, but instilled a confidence in learning I wish was provided to myself at her age.”

“The opportunity to volunteer and participate in her education has not only given me a unique experience it has also allowed me to witness her continued intellectual an social growth, while also providing a reminder of best of what we all are,” he said.