Early Head Start

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Early Head Start (EHS) is our comprehensive, federally funded program serving students ages 6 weeks to 2.9 years of age, offered in our Gloucester center. This program serves up to sixteen students from five Cape Ann communities. It is a center-based program, which focuses on attaining infant-toddler school readiness goals.  Families with childcare vouchers are welcome to apply, but please contact our Admissions Department for enrollment information (our contact information is below).

We believe that children are constantly growing and that continuity of care is critical for this young age group. We strive to create a happy and healthy setting where children are encouraged to explore and interact with their environment, and are able to take an active role in their own social, emotional, cognitive and physical growth. Each classroom is carefully designed to be very open, comfortable and stimulating, so parents, children and staff have the time to relax, observe, explore, interact and learn together. Our center also includes an age-appropriate outdoor playground and indoor play space for our children to run and play.

Our Early Head Start program recognizes that each child is an important member of a specific and unique family. Our bilingual and bicultural staff is uniquely trained to support the development of each child’s home language and culture during these critical, early years. We also offer specialized, additional support to expectant families and parenting teens whose children are enrolled. Early Head Start strives to help families achieve self-sufficiency through support and referrals.

Like all of our comprehensive, all-inclusive educational programming, EHS offers meals, nutrition assessment, health and developmental screenings, referrals for special education services, family support, enrichment programs and field trips.

Our Early Head Start program must pass rigorous Federal program reviews every three years, and it is also accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

For enrollment information contact admissions@pw4c.org or 978.281.2400.

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