Programs and Services
Early Head Start
Kids Incorporated’s Early Head Start (EHS) program is the single largest provider of early learning, health and family services for infants and toddlers in Jefferson, Madison and Leon counties.
Kids Incorporated has developed an integrated system for providing quality services to high-risk pregnant women and low-income families with infants and toddlers. The program emphasizes services provided at the local county level through a multi-disciplinary team of cross-trained professionals.
The EHS program is a comprehensive program designed to reinforce and respond to the unique strengths and needs of each individual child and family served. The program provides the following services:
- Quality early education;
- Parent education and engagement;
- Comprehensive health and mental health services, including services to women before, during and after pregnancy;
- Nutrition education;
- Family support services.
Our EHS program offers comprehensive child development services through five center-based sites in Jefferson, Leon and Madison counties in Florida and through a home-based program in Leon and Madison counties.
Other supports provided include health services, social support services, early intervention, community building, parent education, and staff development. We are firmly committed to the four cornerstones of EHS, making them the foundation of the service delivery structure through: 1) supporting child development, 2) supporting family development, 3) supporting staff development, and 4) building strong communities.
The program design is structured around the philosophy that in order to maximize potential all children need positive, nurturing early childhood experiences and all families need encouragement and support within their community (as evidenced in our vision statement and slogan). EHS provides a system of services that enhance relationships between children, families and communities.
When Cyianna’s parents enrolled her in the Early Head Start program, she had been receiving therapy services in her home and had never been in a group care setting. Born with developmental delays, she was enrolled at Brandon’s Place at Lincoln when she was two years old. She could not walk, talk or feed herself and for the first six weeks she cried every day. In fact, in the early days, she cried so loudly and so long that a teacher would put her in a stroller and walk her up and down the hallways for long stretches of time. That was the only thing in the first few weeks that stopped her terror cries.