Early Head Start
This program at CDC's Cranberry, Franklin and Oil City centers is for infants and toddlers up to their third birthday, and for expectant mothers and their families. The weekday program provides full-day, year-round child care and early childhood education, a nutritious breakfast, lunch and snack for the children, periodic home visits and access to high-quality health care services, plus services for expectant moms before and after they give birth.
Early Head Start is intended to promote early childhood development, to engage parents in their roles as caregivers and teachers, and to help families move toward self-sufficiency. Another purpose is to provide a strong foundation of early learning that allows children to make a successful transition to preschool and kindergarten.
Grant funding covers most costs of the Early Head Start program for working, income-eligible families. To qualify for Early Head Start, a family’s income must be at or below the federal poverty level (currently $25,100 for a family of four).