In 1994, Early Head Start was established with federal funding to support the physical, cognitive, and social-emotional development of children—from before birth to three-years old—and their families. For the past four-years, Peninsula Family Service’s Early Head Start program has offered comprehensive early learning opportunities to at-risk infants and toddlers in San Mateo County. By providing a continuum of complementary services, we can improve child and family outcomes and set children on the road to long-term success.
Our Early Head Start program is offered at several of our child development centers (CDC) and through our home-based program that provides parents with weekly visits that support their role as their children’s first teachers. In 2014, we offered a total of 72 Early Head Start slots, collaborating with community partners such as InnVision Shelter Network and Redwood High School to reach our region’s most vulnerable populations, including children from homeless families and infants and toddlers of teen parents.
Children and families in our Early Head Start program have access to a vast network of resources offered through Peninsula Family Service and our community partners. From mental and behavioral health services to help children working to overcome trauma, to English language classes for parents, each family is connected with the tools and support they need to achieve their full potential.