Early Head Start

EHS offers families the skills they need to enhance their children’s development during the first three years of life

Who is eligible for Early Head Start?

Pregnant women and families with children from birth to three years who reside in one of the targeted zip codes and whose family income is at or below the Federal poverty guidelines. Note: Children must be under 3 years old to be eligible for Early Head Start.

EHS locations 

*The process for enrolling your child in Early Head Start begins by contacting one of our EHS locations. Once contact is made, a member of Porter-Leath's EHS staff will contact you and schedule time for the next steps of the enrollment process.

What is Early Head Start (EHS)?

Early Head Start (EHS) is a comprehensive program designed to foster the healthy development of infants and young children, providing services to promote academic, social and emotional development, as well as providing social, health and nutrition services for income-eligible families.

  • We provide services and accommodations to serve infants and toddlers with severe, moderate, or mild disabilities.
  • On a limited basis, families with income above federal poverty guidelines may be eligible.

What services are available?


Visitation hours: 8:30am - 3:30pm
Monday through Friday

Home visitors offer:

  • Health and developmental screenings
  • One-on-one educational training, counseling, and referral services for families and children by a qualified Home Visitor
  • Weekly home visits (one per month for prenatal families)
  • Twice monthly group socialization experiences for parents and children


Classroom hours: 8:00am - 2:00pm
Monday through Friday

Classroom teachers offer:

  • Health and developmental screenings
  • Low classroom ratios and healthy, nutritious meals
  • Early learning experiences and teaching specific to each child's needs by qualified teachers
  • Home visits and parent-teacher conferences twice per year
  • Monthly parent meetings and center activities

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Federal Monitoring Reviews

As an Early Head Start grantee, Porter-Leath undergoes periodic monitoring reviews with the US Department of Health and Human Services to ensure standards are being met. Click below to read our last review.

Your monthly gift provides on-going support!

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$5 -   New gross motor skill toy monthly for one classroom
$10 - New book monthly for one classroom 
$25 - Field trip for one classroom
$50 - Teacher supply kits for enhanced learning activities
$75 - Parent training classes and recognition