HomeStart Childcare

HomeStart combines Early Head Start and Family Child Care into a full-day, full-year, early childhood experience for children 6 weeks to age 4, at a minimal cost to families. Family child care providers, Early Head Start staff, and parents work together as a team to offer each child quality child care, which includes early childhood education, health and nutrition services, parent involvement opportunities, and social services coordination.

The HomeStart option offers a variety of benefits for both children and families.

For Your Child

  • Individualized programming to meet the needs of all children.
  • A safe, nurturing, home environment.
  • Health and developmental screenings and appropriate referrals.
  • Opportunities to be with siblings in a multi-age setting.
  • One continuous caregiver, who is a licensed, quality provider.
  • Nutritious snacks and meals.
  • Learning through play and age appropriate activities.
  • Individualization for children with special needs.

For Your Family

  • Year-round, full-day child care.
  • When possible, one child care setting for all siblings.
  • Opportunities for parent involvement (planning special events, field trips, etc).
  • Information and referrals to community resources and Early Head Start consultants.
  • Home visits and conferences on your child’s development.
  • Information and workshops on healthy living and parenting.
  • Input in how the program is operated (Policy Council).
  • Streamlined funding to create affordable child care fees, based on a sliding fee scale.