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Early Head Start

EHS Blocks Early Head Start accepts applications year round, and we enroll children on an ongoing basis. Contact 603-516-8144 more information.

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


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

62A Whittier Street

120 Main Street

55 Industrial Drive

150 Wakefield Street

184 Maple Street Extension

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.