Serving pregnant women and teens in Trenton, NJ.
The Children’s Home Society of New Jersey (CHSofNJ) Early Head Start (EHS) program provides prenatal education, resource connection, and support to pregnant women and teens in Trenton, New Jersey. All services are provided at no cost to families. For detailed descriptions of the services provided to HS/EHS families, refer to the ‘Comprehensive Services’ tab below.
Pregnant women participate in engaging, interactive lessons and activities during twice monthly 90-minute visits in the comfort of their own home. Programming is designed to enhance expectant parents’ knowledge of pregnancy, fetal development, health and nutrition, breastfeeding, labor and delivery, and postpartum care. Pregnant women may also participate in pregnancy groups and parent trainings.
Socialization events are held monthly at convenient locations throughout Trenton such as CHSofNJ’s main office, local parks, etc. These events create opportunities for women to meet and socialize with other expectant mothers in their community. Pregnant women, their children, and their partners enjoy delicious, nutritious meals together while participating in engaging and activities, thereby building friendships and support networks they can rely on as they navigate parenthood. Staff-led socialization discussions are designed to prepare expectant parents for childbirth or educate them on any number of issues related to pregnancy and parenting.
Participants can enroll their babies in EHS immediately following delivery to continue our partnership. To learn more about EHS Home-Based, click here. To learn more about EHS Center-Based, click here.
Our Philosophy. CHSofNJ’s HS/EHS program actively encourages parent participation – in the classroom, at HS/EHS events, and in administering the program. We recognize parents as their child’s first and best teacher, and we are committed to partnering with parents to help their children and families achieve their full potential!
As with all CHSofNJ programs, HS/EHS views children, families, and services through a trauma-informed lens. Our staff are trained to understand and serve children who have experienced Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), which can impact behavior, health, development, cognition, and happiness. Our team also recognizes that trauma exists in the lives of parents, guardians, and other family members. Therefore, we approach all interactions with respect and care to ensure comfortability and build a trusting partnership with each family we serve.