Early Head Start
Early Head Start provides care and education services for infants and toddlers, ages birth to three years old as well as to pregnant women. The early Head Start Program has a deep commitment and concern for the entire family. In September 2003, LSSVI opened the only Early Head Start (EHS-Concordia West) in the Virgin Islands. At the end of 2009, LSSVI/EHS was awarded an expansion grant (Concordia East) which began services in July of 2010.
The LSSVI/EHS program serves a total of 120 children, families and pregnant women and services the entire island of St. Croix. The EHS Program has three components:
- Center Based Program, with 72 slots, is a full day program that runs year round
- The a Home Based program, with 24 slots, has trained Home Visitors that give support through regular contact with families in their homes
- The Pregnant Women’s program, with 24 slots, has trained Home Visitors who work collaboratively with the pregnant mother to help foster understanding and good health practices in the prenatal months and early months of infancy.
Our goal is to improve child and family outcomes. We aim to accomplish this by partnering with parents of low-income families to promote the development of the total child by providing for their cognitive, physical, creative, social and emotional needs while assisting parents to learn the skills needed to support their child’s growth and development, with special emphasis on school readiness.
The Center-Based Program
The Center Based program of Early Head Start operates classrooms that are developmentally appropriate and in accordance with guidelines established by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. The program uses High Scope, a play-based curriculum that focuses on each child’s individual development and interests. Children are encouraged to explore, create, problem solve and make choices throughout their day. Daily communication between the family and center staff supports the child’s development and the formation of a strong parent-teacher bond.
The Home-Based Program
Our Home Based services are available to children from infant to three years of age. A Home Based Visitor will visit your home weekly for about 90 minutes and assist the family in identifying areas which the parent feels are important to their child’s development. The Home Based Visitor will also provide support and guidance in assisting the family with identifying and achieving goals. Home visits are scheduled at a time that is convenient with family routines. Twice monthly, socialization’s are held on general topics for discussion, training, or hands on activities. This allows an interchange with other parents and support in mastering parenting skills.
The Pregnant Women’s Program
The Early Head Start Program provides support and educational services to pregnant women. The goal of this component of the program is to provide the information, education and support needed to pregnant women to ensure that they have a healthy pregnancy and delivery.
Pregnant women are visited once a week in the home by a Home Visitor. The Home Visitor follows the curriculum, Partners for a Healthy Baby, which is specific to pregnancy and post-natal experience. The weekly visit helps to foster the understanding of prenatal and postpartum development. Good health practices are encouraged to support a healthy outcome for mother and new-born child.
The Early Head Start Program works in partnership with the Department of Human Services, Department of Health, Infants and Toddlers, Frederiksted Health Care, VICARE, the Village, WIC, VIUCEED, VI Perinatal, and the Department of Education to provide the best in wraparound services.
For information about application deadlines and requirements, call (340) 772-0090 ext 39 or (340) 773-4006 ext 3.
Completed applications will need:
- Child’s Birth Certificate
- Proof of Income
- Proof of Residency
- Proof of Pregnancy (Pregnant Women’s Program PWP)
- Proof of Disability (If applicable)