Drake Early Head Start


Children ages birth to three are served by the Early Head Start home visiting program. Children between the ages of two and three are served through Early Head Start home visiting or a center-based model designed to suit the specific needs of toddlers.

Woman and Baby

Drake University Head Start’s Early Head Start home visiting program offers families a weekly, 90-minute visits which provide families with education and strategies to enhance learning at home. Each month, Early Head Start home visiting families are invited to socialization opportunities for social-emotional enrichment with peers.

Zero to Three

The Drake University Early Head Start Zero to Three program is targeted to families who are involved with family court. An Early Head Start Infant/Toddler Specialist works with parents and their children to address concerns unique to their situations.
Early Head Start is a school readiness program. It includes the components of Social/Emotional, Math, Physical, Language, Literacy, and Cognitive developmental areas. Literacy is a strong component of the program and family literacy services are offered to Early Head Start children and their families.

Who is eligible to participate in Drake University Head Start and Early Head Start?

Children from birth to age 5 who meet federal poverty guidelines may be eligible for Head Start services. Drake University Head Start has established priorities for enrolling children based upon child and family circumstances, community needs and available funds. Drake University Head Start may accept children whose family income exceeds federal poverty guidelines.

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