Give Your Child
an Early Head Start

A parent is a child’s first and most important teacher. By partnering with Early Head Start during the first three years of a child’s life parents and caregivers can nurture a child’s development and create stronger family bonds. Early Head Start encourages the growth and development of infants and toddlers through a strong foundation of social-emotional competence for lifelong learning.

Early Head Start is available to pregnant mothers, infants, and toddlers until age 3. One Place has two program options available: Home-Based and Center-Based Services. Our Early Head Start programs provide comprehensive early childhood education to income-eligible children and their families, from birth to age 3, at no cost to families. EHS combines parent involvement, education, health and social-emotional wellness services (including for women before, during and after pregnancy), and services to children with disabilities. Our programs emphasize the role of parents as their child’s first and most important teacher and enrich the lives of children and their families by working with each family’s individual needs.


  1. Home-Based Program

    Our home-based program offers in-home services to pregnant women, once a month, for 90 minutes. Participants are assigned a Home Visitor who will support expectant families in accessing ongoing healthcare and comprehensive services to include labor and delivery education, fetal development information, nutritional counseling, food assistance, oral health care, mental health services, substance abuse prevention and treatment, and housing assistance.

    Following the birth of the child, enrolled families receive a newborn visit and postpartum recovery information, as well as education regarding parental depression, breastfeeding, infant care, and safe sleep practices.

  2. Center-Based Services

    In partnership with Excel Learning Centers in Jacksonville, Richlands, and Swansboro, our center-based services are available to children from 6 weeks to 3-years-old. Children are in a classroom setting Monday through Friday. A primary teacher is assigned to no more than four children and classrooms are limited to eight or nine children. Through planned learning, activities, and play, children are better prepared to enter kindergarten with increased social-emotional skills.

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Apply to early head start

Families that submit their online applications and supporting documentation will receive follow-up email communication for next steps from our staff. BE SURE TO INCLUDE CORRECT EMAIL AND TELEPHONE CONTACT INFORMATION on your application.
For assistance, contact Melanie Brown at