What is Early Head Start
Early Head Start is a free, federally funded preschool/family program operated in almost every county in the country. EHS supports pregnant women and families in their journey of educating and parenting their children during the infant and toddler stages of development (ages 0-3). Programs and services include:
- Individualized educational programming to support each child’s school readiness
- Opportunities for children with disabilities to fully participate
- On-going child assessment to support individualization and record progress
- Transportation available when possible
- Collaborative 4K programming offered in Beloit, Janesville, and Delavan
- Family involvement opportunities with special efforts to include dads/significant males
- Families supported in setting and achieving self-identified goals
- Medical and dental resources provided to access medical and dental services/homes
- Nutritional meals and snacks are provided
- Referrals to address needs and support goals
- Opportunities available to meet and interact with other families and programs in the community
- Training, development of leadership skills and volunteer opportunities are provided to families
- Parent leadership through representation on policy council/program governance
Early Head Start collaborative child care programs through RWCFS are provided in Janesville and Beloit. Home base services are available in Rock and Walworth counties.
See Education Page for more details
- Weekly home visits are conducted with pregnant women and families of infants and toddlers
- Parents are supported as the primary educator of their child
- Play groups are typically offered twice a month which provide children and parents with opportunities to socialize
Consistent providers will nurture and teach while ensuring children’s safety. Early Head Start programming is provided eight hours per day; however parents may take advantage of paying for wrap-around childcare. Parents often pursue applying for childcare subsidies to pay these costs. Children may be in care for up to 12 hours as needed/scheduled by parents in collaboration with quality licensed community childcare providers.
Respite Care – Services are provided for all home-based participants as scheduled.
Doula Care – Specialized services are provided by certified Doulas for pregnant and postpartum moms.
Cost – Participating in any Early Head Start program does not require any payments. Wrap-around childcare cost is determined by collaborating childcare partners
For more detail, see service tabs.
To learn how to apply, go to Enrollment Page.
Call 1-800-774-7778 to receive an application for your child(ren).
Submit completed application with all required information included to:
Head Start/Early Head Start
1221 Henry Ave,
Beloit, WI 53511
or fax to:
- Early Head Start (EHS) is a year round program for pregnant women, infants and toddlers (age 0-3)
- EHS is primarily for families who meet the Federal Income Guidelines
- Once enrolled, children are eligible until they turn three (3) years of age or until they transition into a pre-school setting.
RWCFS Head Start/Early Head Start does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, age, handicap, religion, national origin or sexual orientation.
EHS funding is provided through a grant from the United States Department of Health and Human Services.
Our Family Advocates provide monthly respite care for our home-based families. During respite hours families may take the time to attend classes, study for a test, or work on any of their stated goals. Respite is provided for each home-based family one time each month.