Early Head Start

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The Children’s Aid Society Early Head Start program is an early intervention and prevention program for families with children ages 0 – 3 and pregnant mothers. Through its comprehensive and integrated services, the program aims to provide a foundation for children and families to thrive developmentally. Early Head Start seeks to empower families and building in the strengths of families.

Early Head Start emphasizes that cognitive, physical, social, emotional and language development are interrelated. The program supports families in creating healthy, pro-social environments that promote the well-being of children and families.

Early Head Start is a place for children to eat, play & learn – every day!


Each family receives a minimum of 32 Home Visits a year (90 minutes each) and attends weekly two-hour Socialization Classes. The classroom is designed to address the various areas of development and the needs of children between the ages of birth to three. We continually work to redefine the Early Head Start space to enhance efficiency and promote diverse learning experiences that are age- and developmentally-appropriate.


The Early Head Start multidisciplinary team includes an Educational Director, a Health Coordinator, Social Service Coordinators, Home Based Teachers, a Special Needs Coordinator and several consultants under the direction of a licensed psychologist and licensed clinical social worker with a specialty in mental health and early childhood education.

EHS Program Components

  • Health
  • Nutrition
  • Social Service
  • Education
  • Special Needs
  • Services to Pregnant Mother

Special Programs

  • Infant Massage
  • Doula Services
  • Nutrition Classes
  • Talk & Play

Early Head Start programs at Children's Aid operate at P.S. 5 and P.S. 8, P.S. 152, East Harlem Center, Bronx Early Childhood Center, and C.S. 211.

For more information, please call (917) 286-1527.