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Early Head Start Program

Getting Ahead with an Early Head Start

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The Early Head Start (EHS) program is for low-income infants, toddlers, pregnant women and their families. EHS programs enhance children's physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development; assist pregnant women to access comprehensive prenatal and postpartum care. In addition to addressing the immediate health and well-being of the child and parent, the program also prioritizing the family economic security, educational success as they are beginning or adding to their family. This Whole Family/2Gen approach secures the system of support is strengthened or established.


Locations serving infants and toddlers age 0-3 years old:

  • Berry Head Start and Early Head Start Center, 2233 Winford Avenue, 615-862-8911
  • Frederick Douglass Head Start and Early Head Start Center, 621 Howerton Street, 615-862-8878
  • Richland Head Start and Early Head Start Center, 5900 Charlotte Avenue, 615-862-8935
  • Tom Joy Head Start and Early Head Start Center, 1901 Lischey Avenue, 615-880-1690

Qualifications for Participation

This is a free program, but families must meet qualifications to participate.

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If your child has a diagnosed disability that affects your child's ability to learning and has a IFSP, your family is not required to meet the federal income guideline. Families of children without a diagnosed disability desiring to enroll their children into the Early Head Start Program must meet the Federal Poverty Income Guidelines. If you qualify you will need to bring:

  • Proof of Family Income
  • Insurance Cards
  • Social Security Cards
  • Child's Birth Certificate
  • Shot Record
  • Current Well Baby physical

Visit our Head Start Information page for Annual Reports.