Economic Security Corporation of Southwest Area

Early Head Start


Learning Begins at Birth


You are Your Child's First & Best Teacher


Early Head Start Has Options,  pick the option that is best for your family:

1.  Early Head Start Child Care Classrooms and Partners

Early Head Start operates infant/toddler classrooms and partners with local childcare centers and homes in Jasper, Newton, McDonald and Barton counties.  Our class sizes are no more than 8 children.  The ratio of children to Teacher is 4:1.  Our Teachers must have at least their Child Development Associate credential.  All classrooms are licensed by the state of Missouri.  We are open at least 10 hours per day and parents must be working and/or going to school full-time to qualify.


2.  Early Head Start Home Visiting, Home Visiting Program 

Early Head Start (EHS) offers a Home Visiting program for pregnant women and children under the age of 3 years.  Families receive bi-weekly or weekly visits in their home with a child development specialist.  The visits focus on helping you build your child's brain through fun child-friendly experiences, providing you with information on the latest research regarding early childhood education.  You also have an opportunity every month to meet other parents who have infants and toddlers, just like you, and build your network of friends!


Home Visitors assist you as you set developmental goals for your child and your family.  They can show you how to find resources in your community to get things like medical care, clothing, food, employment, education, transportation, housing, and so much more!  They truly enjoy helping families and want you to feel confident in your role as a parent!


Families in Early Head Start report they feel supported by their Home Visitor and they have seen their child's developmental skills improve greatly.  More than 90% of the children who have been in the Early Head Start Home Visiting program are at or above their age-expected level in all areas of development!  Call one of our centers/sites today and make an appointment to enroll in the program that will make you FEEL GOOD TO BE A PARENT!