Child Care & Preschool

EARLY HEAD START – HOME BASED PROGRAM

Serving pregnant mothers and children ages 0-3

Head Start is a free early education program.  The home based option is for families who want to use their home as the place for learning.  A home visitor will meet with you to work on goals you would like to achieve for your child, yourself, and your family.

During pregnancy you can learn more about how to be healthy and plan for the arrival of  your baby. After birth, the child is enrolled in Early Head Start.  The schedule for prenatal home visits and for the first 6 weeks after birth is flexible.

When a child is enrolled, a home visitor will come to your home once a week for 90 minutes. Together you will plan activities to help your child grow and learn and work on goals you have for yourself and your family.  Twice a month you will meet with other children and parents to get to know one another and share interesting experiences and ideas.

When your child reaches age 3, the home visitor will help you transition to other services that may be available. If your family still qualifies, your child may go to our center based Head Start program for 3-5 year olds.

The home based program is offered in the following towns:

Cumberland County: Brunswick , Harpswell

Sagadahoc County: Topsham, Bath, West Bath, Phippsburg, Georgetown, Arrowsic, Woolwich

Lincoln County: Wiscasset, Dresden, Westport, Edgecomb, Boothbay, Boothbay Harbor, Southport, Newcastle, Damariscotta, Nobleboro, Bremen, Bristol, South Bristol, Waldoboro.

Head Start encourages applications from children with special needs.

For more information, please call 442-7963.

HEAD START

Head Start provides comprehensive education, health, nutrition, and parent involvement services to income eligible children and their families. The focus of this program is to ensure that children are ready to start school while addressing all aspects of child development and learning.

Services are available to residents of Lincoln, Sagadahoc and Northeast Cumberland counties. Classrooms are located in Brunswick, Bath, Wiscasset, Damariscotta, and Waldoboro.  There is no cost to the family.