Are you pregnant and expecting a child? Families in Onslow County can enroll in the Early Head Start (EHS) Pregnant Women and Expectant Families program and receive community-based support, training, and home visits. EHS combines parental involvement, education, and health and social-emotional wellness services for mothers and children.
You may have heard about Early Head Start’s program for children under the age of 3—however, Early Head Start also offers programming for pregnant mothers and expectant families. As your child’s first and most important teacher, EHS helps you set a strong foundation for your child’s development.
Becoming pregnant and parenting a newborn is a transformative experience—but one that comes with many questions and challenges. Early Head Start’s Pregnant and Expectant Families program is designed to support pregnant mothers and children from birth to three years old.
Early Head Start’s Pregnant and Expectant Families program is available to pregnant mothers and newborns. Eligibility is based on income at or below the Federal Poverty Level. However, if your family is in another situation—such as experiencing homelessness, having children in foster care, or receiving SSI or TANF, you are eligible for EHS regardless of your income.
Additionally, if your child has an identified disability, you may be eligible for EHS regardless of income level.
Early Head Start provides mothers and families with trainings and one-on-one support that cover all aspects of pregnancy and early childhood development.
When enrolled in the program, mothers and families will receive:
Each month, pregnant women and expectant families enrolled in Early Head Start receive prenatal information and educational support. Topics covered typically include:
Research on the benefits of Early Head Start for pregnant mothers and expectant families found several key impacts—from improved social-emotional outcomes, to healthier mothers.
If you’re a pregnant mother or expectant family in Onslow County, click here to learn more about our Early Head Start programs and start your application process today. Whether you’re a first-time parent or have experience raising children, Early Head Start has something to offer you.