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EHS Programs

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Center-Based Program

The United Way of Acadiana Early Head Start Program provides quality early childhood education - at no cost.  The Center-based program option provides full-day early childhood education, along with meals and snacks.  Our quality of care includes individualized learning plans for each child and the low staff-child ratio provides children with strong attachments and builds their self-esteem.
 
Our goals are to:
  Promote healthy prenatal outcomes for pregnant women
  Enhance the educational development of children
  Promote healthy family functioning
  Provide support for children who are disabled, those experiencing homelessness, or in foster care
 
From 6 weeks to age 3, services provided by the program include:
  Annual vision, hearing, and dental screenings at no cost to the family
  Prenatal education and support
  Parent support and parent/child activities
  Referrals for health care, social services, housing, and food assistance
  Support with job training, GED, health insurance, and public benefits
  Support for children with disabilities and their families
  Group activities and events
  Socializations (twice/month, every month)
 
Our centers are located in:

LAFAYETTE PARISH  |  1515 Jefferson Street, Lafayette, LA 70501

VERMILION PARISH  |  802 South St. Valerie Street, Abbeville, LA 70510


Home-Based Program

 
The United Way of Acadiana Early Head Start Home-Based Program option provides quality early childhood education services, in the home, that support parents in nurturing their child’s development.  Pregnant mothers are provided resources and prenatal support to ensure the healthy development of their newborn.
 
Our goals are to:
  Promote healthy prenatal outcomes for pregnant women
  Enhance the educational development of children
  Promote healthy family functioning
  Provide support for children who are disabled, those experiencing homelessness, or in foster care
 
From pregnancy to age 3, services provided by the program include:
  Annual vision, hearing, and dental screenings at no cost to the family
  Prenatal education and support
  Parent support and parent/child activities
  Referrals for health care, social services, housing, and food assistance
  Support with job training, GED, health insurance, and public benefits
  Support for children with disabilities and their families
  Group activities and events
  Socializations (twice/month, every month)
  Family goal setting
 
All children in our Home-Based program option have exceeded our school readiness goals by 93% in overall growth in areas of social-emotional development, literacy, mathematics, science and cognitive development.
We conduct ongoing child assessments three times throughout the year, and lesson plans are individualized for each child.

The following information is requried when applying for program services:

  • Parent indentification
  • Child’s birth record, immunization record, proof of disability
  • Medical proof of pregnancy
  • Proof of income or student status (bring all that apply)
               - Income tax form 1040/W2
               - TANF
               - SSI
               - Legal documentation of child support
  • Proof of residency