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Early Head Start/Head Start Overview

Region 7 Education Service Center Early Head Start/Head Start is a 14-county program providing comprehensive services to children ages birth – 5 years from low income families. The 14 counties are part of two grants from the Office of Head Start.  One grant serves 12 counties and the other grant serves 2.  Our program is designed to meet the social, emotional, health, nutritional and physical needs of eligible children. The Early Head Start program was funded in December 2002 for a start up period to provide comprehensive services to participants in the Gregg County
area and has expanded to Harrison County. The program design includes center based options as well as home based services for pregnant moms. The target population includes income eligible teen parents, parents of Head Start siblings, social services referrals, and other community members. The Early Head Start/Head Start program serves over 2000 children and their families.

More than just an educational program, Head Start involves the family and community. The services provided include education, disabilities, health, dental, mental health, nutrition, parent involvement, parent education, social services and transition. Enrollment is available to children regardless of race, sex, creed, national origin, or handicapping condition. The Head Start program encourages the active recruitment of children with special needs. Applications are ranked based on needs of the child and family.

Our program supports families in improving their quality of life. We offer them a sense of belonging, support services, and a chance to be involved in activities to help the whole family. Parents take part in training classes on subjects such as parenting, job skills, health and nutrition, and free community resources. We offer assistance to parents interested in obtaining a GED, learning to speak English, or increasing literacy skills. Families receive help with special problems such as drug or alcohol abuse, job loss or other family crisis. We refer families for help with medical, social welfare, or employment. Our families have a voice in our program through various committees or on the Policy Council, our parent and community shared decision-making body.

To learn more about Head Start and Early Head Start, click here.
Please note that translation generated is created by Google Translate®.  If any questions arise concerning the accuracy of the information, please refer to the official English version. You may also contact the Head Start Bilingual Specialist, Laura Lopez, at For any other questions about the content of this webpage, please contact Amy Fennell, Program Compliance Specialist, at

Por favor, tenga en cuenta que la traducción generada es creada por Google Translate ®. Si surge alguna duda sobre la exactitud de la información, por favor consulte la versión oficial en inglés. También puede comunicarse con la Especialista Bilingüe de Head Start, Laura López, en Para cualquier otra pregunta sobre el contenido de esta página web, por favor póngase en contacto con Amy Fennell, Especialista para el Cumplimiento del Programa, en