Early Head Start provides early, continuous, intensive, and comprehensive child development and family support services to low-income infants and toddlers and their families, and pregnant women and their families.
The reauthorization of the Head Start Act in 1994 made it possible to establish Early Head Start; a comprehensive child development and family support program for infants and toddlers under the age of 3, pregnant women and their families.
The Goals of Early Head Start are:
- To provide safe and developmentally enriching caregiving which promotes the physical, cognitive, social and emotional development of infants and toddlers, and prepares them for future growth and development;
- To support parents, both mothers and fathers, in their role as primary caregivers and teachers of their children;
- To support families in meeting personal goals and achieving self sufficiency across a wide variety of domains;
- To mobilize communities, to provide the resources and environment necessary to ensure a comprehensive, integrated array of services and support for families;
- To ensure the provision of high quality responsive services to families through the development of trained, and caring staff.
Central Missouri Community Action is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit-agency operating the Head Start and Early Head Start Program in mid-Missouri. The program is funded by the federal government and in part by local community support to provide services to low income families in the counties of Audrain, Boone, Callaway, Cole, Cooper, Howard, Moniteau and Osage.