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Early Head Start is a no cost program for low-income families with pregnant women, infants, and toddlers (ages 0-3).

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About Early Head Start

How a child learns, moves, and interacts with others during the first three years of life has a lasting effect on that child’s ongoing development. Because most of what a child learns in those first three years comes from its parents, Early Head Start focuses on helping parents find the best ways for stimulating the child’s thinking, movement, and social skills. Through education and community collaboration Early Head Start helps families promote healthy prenatal outcomes, identify and accomplish school readiness goals, and strengthen children’s physical, social/emotional, and cognitive skills. It also supports the achievement of parents’ goals, such as economic independence.

Early Head Start offers an intensive, comprehensive, and flexible child development program that is designed to reinforce and respond to the unique strengths and needs of individual children and families. Pregnant women, infants, and toddlers up to three years of age receive individualized services through weekly home visits from knowledgeable professionals or in child-care settings available through partnerships between Early Head Start and the community.

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"All children from birth to age three need early child development experiences that honor their unique characteristics and provide love, warmth, and positive learning experiences; and all families need encouragement and support from their community so they can achieve their own goals and provide a safe and nurturing environment for their very young children."

~Advisory Committee
September 1994

Early Head Start

DDI VANTAGE, Inc. does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnic group identification, ancestry, political beliefs, mental or physical disability, or any other legally protected status in its programs, services, activities, or employment.

Program Services

DDI VANTAGE Early Head Start is a federally funded community based program, serving 148 children within Granite and Murray school districts, Tooele city and Grantsville.

DDI VANTAGE Early Head Start offers a home-based service for infants, toddlers, and pregnant women. Once a week, a trained Family Advocate comes into the family’s home for ninety minutes, to offer fun activities, services and information. The Family Advocate may focus on child development, health and safety, nutrition, reading with your child, parent education, pre-natal health education, transportation support, etc. During home visits the Family Advocate will bring activities and information that focus on goals set by the family, which are based on the individual family’s needs and interests.

To promote health and wellness in our families, we follow well-baby checks, dental exams, and immunization to encourage and educate families on prevention, early identification, and intervention. Families are given support, information, and referrals to social services that meet the needs of the family. Early Head Start provides home-based services to 120 infants, toddlers and pregnant women in the Granite and Murray school districts, Tooele city and Grantsville.

The DDI VANTAGE Early Head Start center-based program supports infants and toddlers enrolled in child care through collaborations with Murray Cricket Care. These children receive high quality child care that encourages appropriate developmental skills from qualified teachers, who also receive support through the Early Head Start center-based providers. Early Head Start provides services for 28 infants and toddlers among these partnerships.

Through Early Head Start Child Care (EHS-CC) Partnerships the DDI VANTAGE Early Head Start (DDIV EHS) Program supports eligible infants and toddlers enrolled in community child care programs in Salt Lake and Tooele Counties. Such collaborations can help to maintain high quality child care that encourages healthy child development by providing Child Care Advisers to support the efforts of center teachers and staff. DDIV EHS also engages children’s families by providing Family Advocates to support each family’s needs using a holistic approach that focuses on family, community, school-readiness, health, and safety. These partnerships aim also to enrich the environments in which children explore, play, and learn, building strong foundations for a more successful school experience.

Families participate in different activities, interact with their peers and participate in community learning during socializations. Through our home-based program we offer one activity at our building twice a month, at different times to meet the needs of our families. During socializations, at the Early Head Start building, we offer a family style meal. Once a month families enjoy a community activity and all entrance fees are covered by Early Head Start. Through our center-based program we schedule activities based on the teen parents' interests and varying schedules. Transportation support is provided to families, as needed, for all activities.

Parent Committee meetings are held for both home-based and center-based. These meetings give the families an opportunity to voice their opinions, make decisions about the activities for the program, and develop leadership skills. Parents are elected to hold the following positions: Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, and Policy Council Representatives. The Chair, Vice Chair, and Secretary are responsible for the parent committee. Through the Policy Council and Parent Committee, parents and other community representatives actively participate in the shared decision-making process concerning program design and implementation.

BUFF activities are scheduled every other month. During these activities, fathers/male figures have an opportunity to interact with the child in a learning environment. Father/male figures are encouraged to participate in the activity to increase their involvement in the child’s life. Once a month Family Advocates bring out a handout of an activity that is developmentally appropriate for the father/child. Fathers/males are encouraged to read to their children through our father/male involvement reading program. Once a month, through this program, the father/male and child receive a no cost book if they read 12 times for 15 minutes during the month.

Enrollment

Eligibility

Early Head Start is a no cost program for families that have a child under three years old or pregnant women. Families must meet the federal criteria for low-income. A pregnant woman is counted as two people when calculating the number in household. Extended family living in the home are not considered part of the family when calculating eligibility of family. Ten percent of the families enrolled in Early Head Start may have income that is over the Federal Criteria for low-income.

Service Area

DDI VANTAGE Early Head start services families in Murray and Granite school districts, Tooele city and Grantsville. Zip codes: 84029, 84044, 84074, 84106, 84107, 84109, 84117, 84118, 84119, 84120, 84121, 84123, 84124, 84128, 84157, and part of 84115 and 84084.

Process

Early Head Start receives referrals from several sources; community, flyers, Utah Clicks, TANF, other agencies. Once Early Head Start receives a referral, the family is contacted and given more detailed information about the program. An application appointment is set. The family is required to provide immunization records, birth certificate, and income verification with the application. After a family fills out an application they are placed on a waiting list. The family is notified when there is an opening in Early Head Start. Since we are a year round program and do not follow traditional school schedules a family may be contacted at any time during the year.

Frequently Asked Questions

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*2017 HHS Poverty Guidelines

Persons In
Family Unit**
48 Contiguous
States and D.C.
1$11,880
2$16,020
3$20,160
4$24,300
5$28,440
6$32,580
7$36,730
8$40,890
For each additional
person, add
$4,160

*Applicants must qualify based on these income guidelines. Some exceptions may apply.
These guidelines are used from 8/1/2016 to 7/31/2017.
**Pregnant Women Count as Two Persons

Enrollment priority is given to families that face certain risks or difficulties, including teen parents, housing concerns, parents' education less than 8th grade, language barriers, foster child, single parent, and/or developmental delays.

Early Head Start

Contact Us

DDI VANTAGE Early Head Start Locations:

Taylorsville
5287 South 4015 West
Taylorsville, Utah 84129
Phone: (801) 966-0497
Fax: (801) 966-0821

Murray
565 East 4500 South, Ste A200
Salt Lake City, Utah 84107
Phone: (801) 268-0056
Fax: (801) 268-1319

Tooele
167 South Main
Tooele, Utah 84074
Phone: (435) 882-3439
Fax: (435) 882-0118

Email:
Program Coordinator
mnvelasco@ddivantage.org
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