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Early Head Start


Community Development Institute Head Start (CDI HS) is now serving families in Santa Clara County. CDI HS IS ENROLLING families in Early Head Start.

Early Head Start (EHS) is a federally funded community-based early childhood program for income eligible families. It is designed to promote healthy pregnancies, to enhance the development and growth of very young children, and to support positive parenting.

Home visiting weekly with a child development professional is offered in your home. This free program offers opportunities to learn about child development and community resources.

EHS staff work to empower families as they develop goals for themselves and their children. Staff and parents develop individualized family development plans that focus on the child's developmental needs and the family's social and economic needs.

Some resources offered include:

  • child development information
  • comprehensive health and mental health services
  • adult education, literacy, and job skills training to facilitate family self-sufficiency
  • assistance in obtaining income support, safe housing, or emergency cash, and
  • information about transportation to program services.

Services provided include:

  • nutrition
  • prenatal education
  • social
  • health
  • dental
  • disability
  • literacy

What do I need to enroll in Early Head Start?

  • child's birth documentation
  • documentation of residence in San Jose
  • child's immunization record
  • family income verification (all applicable sources of income [TANF, SSI, unemployment, child support, current paystubs, Income Tax Form 1040, etc])

To learn more about CDI HS Early Head Start Program in Santa Clara County, please call 1-866-684-6080

For more information visit the Community Development Institute Head Start (CDI-Head Start) website at:


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