The Denise Louie Education Center

Early Head Start

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Early Head Start is a federally funded community-based program for low-income pregnant women and families with infants and toddlers aged 0 to 3 years.

Support and Skills for New Parents

Our Early Head Start program recognizes that parents are every child’s first and forever teacher. Once a week,for 90 minutes, bi-lingual home visitors come into the home to facilitate positive relationships between parent and child by providing high quality early childhood educational activities, parenting education, health, mental wellness, nutrition and family support services. We also provide prenatal education and offer doula services to pregnant women. Once the child is born he/she is automatically enrolled in Early Head Start program and services continue.

Families are invited to attend bi-monthly socialization events where they have the opportunity to participate in in school readiness activities and to positively interact with other parents and their children.

Parents who have participated in the program express they now feel less isolated and more empowered to advocate for themselves and their children.

Enrollment

To learn more about our program please call 206-767-8223. If you are interested in enrolling your child we will send you an application or set an appointment with you to come to your home to complete the necessary paperwork to determine eligibility.

Curriculum & Assessments

Home Visitors use the Partners for a Healthy Babies and the Hawaii Early Learning profile curriculum to provide prenatel and early childhood education. These curricula offer components across multiple domains including: family development, caring for baby, child developmental milestones and infant cues. Both curricula have a strong emphasis on activities to help children develop cognitive, language, gross motor, fine motor, social/emotional and self help skills.

Early Head Start uses these domains to measure children’s success at meeting school readiness goals within these domains including: family development. Parents who have children who score low in a particular domain are giving homework activities to strengthen their children’s ability to meet the developmental goal. Parents and home visitors discuss a possible need for additional services through our early intervention partners for children who have scores that fall into an area of concern and are not progressing.

EHS Goals

Being a partner with parents to enhance their child’s physical, social, emotional and educational development

Assisting pregnant women in accessing comprehensive prenatal and postpartum care.

Supporting parents in building positive, care-giving relationships with their children while honoring each families home culture, language and self-identified needs

Strengthening families confidence in their ability to advocate for equal access to community resources, jobs, schools and services

Welcoming and fully including children with disabilities and facilitating early intervention services for children will special needs.

  • During the 2011-12 school year, 84% of enrolled children received a dental exam. Of those, 60% needed follow-up dental treatment. Since oral health is linked to student achievement, we emphasize the importance of taking care of dental issues before they escalate and affect a child’s development.