The Children’s Home Society of New Jersey Head Start/Early Head Start Home-Based Program provides comprehensive services to 72 children from birth to three, including children with disabilities, in income eligible families in a home-based program option.
The Early Head Start Home-Based Program is aimed at enhancing children’s social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development while encouraging parents’ role as their child’s first teacher and helping parents achieve self-sufficiency. Our program services include fathers and primary caregivers.
The Children’s Home Society of NJ Head Start/Early Head Start Program will also begin to provide comprehensive services to an additional 90 children in center-based and 30 children in home-based from birth to age three, including children with disabilities. Services will also be available to an additional 45 expectant mothers. Caregivers will provide services to children and families through Home Visits until the opening of the new Liberty Street Early Childhood Center in the spring of 2021.
Eligibility for Head Start/Early Head Start Program:
- Families with children birth through age 3 years that meet Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines
- Reside in City of Trenton
- Children with an IFSP
- Foster children
- Homeless familie
- Children with disabilities and Individualized Family Service Plan
- Social – To help children feel comfortable learning in their own home environment and how to make friends, and be a part of a social group.
- Emotional – To help parents and newborns form healthy attachments. To help children experience pride and self- confidence, develop independence and self-control, and have a positive attitude toward life.
- Cognitive – To help children become confident learners by letting them try out their own ideas and experience success, and by helping them acquire learning skills such as the ability to solve problems, ask questions, and use words to describe their ideas, observations, and feelings.
- Physical – To help children increase their large and small muscle skills and feel confident about what their bodies can do with planned activities by Home Visitors or during socialization sessions.
The Creative Curriculum® for Infants, Toddlers & Twos is a comprehensive, research-based curriculum designed to help teachers and home visitors implement developmentally appropriate practices and offer responsive daily routines and meaningful experiences that nurture learning and development.
The framework that guides The Creative Curriculum® for Infants, Toddlers & Twos has routines and experiences at its center. That’s because the routines and experiences that structure each day, and the responsive care and teaching provided during these times, are what enable children to develop a secure attachment with the important people in their lives and gain confidence in themselves as learners.
The 38 research-based objectives are the heart of the curriculum and define the path teachers and home visitors take with children. The objectives identify the behaviors, skills, and knowledge that are most important for school success. Even though school is a few years away for young children, the foundation for future development and learning is established in these very important early years.
The objectives are organized into nine areas of development and learning. Four of these areas focus on child development: social– emotional, cognitive, physical, and language. It is these areas and their related objectives in which teachers and home visitors are likely to see the most growth and progress with the children in their care.
The remaining five areas focus on content learning, which has its roots even in these younger years. While some of these skills are ones that children will begin acquiring in preschool, teachers and home visitors can support content learning from infancy by creating a language rich environment; building trusting relationships; and individualizing the experiences that they provide throughout the day on the basis of children’s strengths, needs, and interests.
Early Head Start Home-Based Program serves:
- Children birth to age 3 years old
- Expectant Mothers
- Foster Children
- Homeless Families
- Children with Disabilities
- Income-eligible residents (please see the list of zip codes for eligibility)
- Self Referral
- Prenatal Clinics and Hospitals
- Community Providers
- Local county and State government
- School Personnel
- Homeless Shelters
- Other social service and child care agencies
- Friends, family, community members
- Head Start Staff
We provide comprehensive In Home Family Support to our families, while connecting them to essential community resources and providing:
- Health Education, medical and dental services
- Interactive family activities
- Behavioral health support
- Nutrition education
- Fatherhood support
- Weekly socialization activities
- Job Trainings and Career choices
- Transportation provided
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Isaac L. Dorsey, Executive Director
Head Start/Early Head Start Program
Home Based Program – Early Head Start