Early Head Start - Lancaster County

Child with parentsEarly Head Start is a federally funded community-based program for low-income pregnant women and families with infants and toddlers. Its mission is to enhance the development of very young children, and to promote healthy family functioning. 

  • Who is eligible? Children ages birth to 3 are eligible for Early Head Start. These programs are income-based programs, set according to the Federal Poverty Guidelines, and are free to eligible families. Please see the individual program descriptions below for more specific eligibility details.

Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships Program

This opportunity is available for income-eligible families who are employed or in school, and serves children from age 0 until they turn 3. This program provides:

  • FREE child care (including meals and diapers)
  • Educational activities to help children learn and grow
  • Help getting families community services and medical/dental care
  • Support and tools for the child’s first and most important teacher – Mom, Dad, and/or Guardian!

Contact us for more information about the Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships Program, including eligibility and locations, at EarlyHeadStart@iu13.org or call 717-606-1792. View our brochure.

Early Head Start Home-Based Program

This program offers families weekly 90-minute in-home visits by home visitors who "walk alongside" parents in preparing their child for school success. Recognizing that parents are a child's first and most important teacher, our home visitors support parents/guardians in the areas of child development, nutrition, and health and community services. In addition, home visitors include a parent/child activity in each visit. 

Pregnant mothers and children up to three years old are eligible for Early Head Start Home-Based Services. To apply for the Early Head Start Home-Based Program, a family must qualify for income eligibility according to the Federal Poverty Guidelines. This program is free to eligible families.

IU13 offers Early Head Start Home-Based Services to eligible residents living Lancaster County, with a focus in the following school districts:

  • Ephrata Area School District
  • School District of Lancaster (Washington Elementary zone)
  • Manheim Central School District
  • Penn Manor School District

Contact us for more information about the Early Head Start Home-Based Program, including eligibility, at EarlyHeadStart@iu13.org or call 717-606-1792.

For information on additional resources including a home-based program for residents of other Lancaster County school districts, please visit the Community Action Partnership website.