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Giving an Early Head Start

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The Salvation Army Early Head Start program is based out of Heritage Place at Renaissance Village, 3612 Cuming St. It is a federally funded, year-round home visiting program, with a limited center-based option, that serves infants, toddlers and pregnant mothers in low-income families. 

Early Head Start offers: 

  • Early childhood education for infants and toddlers 
  • Connections to comprehensive healthcare services for children, prenatal and postpartum care for pregnant mothers, mental health support, and nutrition assessments
  • Support for children's physical, social, emotional, intellectual and language development
  • Individualized family support and encouragement for parents as they transition to self-sufficiency

How Early Head Start Works

Early Head Start provides weekly in-home visits focusing on early childhood education and parent support for home-based families, bi-weekly home visits for center-based families, and weekly visits focusing on prenatal health and education for pregnant mothers. 

Home-based services serve up to 95 children and/or pregnant women, and center-based services serve 16 children in two locations for a total funded enrollment of 111.

We partner with two local child care sites to provide center-based services for parents who are employed or enrolled in school full-time:  

St. Cecilia Child Care Center
3869 Webster St., Omaha
Serves eight Early Head Start children

Child Saving Institute 
4545 Dodge St., Omaha
Serves eight Early Head Start children

How to Apply for Early Head Start

In order to be eligible for the program, applicants must: 

  • Be a pregnant woman or family with a child under the age of 3
  • Reside in Douglas County
  • Be homeless, a foster child, receive TANF or SSI, or at a low-income level within federal poverty guidelines

For more information about Early Head Start or to apply for services, call 402-898-7504 or email EHSintake@usc.salvationarmy.org.

Complete the EHS online pre-application