Early Head Start

Early Head Start

Before Birth to 3

Nurturing Creativity & Positive Development

Even before birth, a child changes the world for parents. And parents make the world for their children. We help make sure that every child has a good start, from prenatal care for moms to exciting opportunities for children to learn as they grow.

Every child should be well prepared for school. Yet, children born into low-income families and high-needs neighborhoods often lag behind their higher-income peers because their environments have fewer resources. In the first few years – when intellectual, emotional and social development progress most rapidly – this disadvantage grows.

Our Bronx-based Early Head Start program meets the needs of our communities by giving children and their families the resources, knowledge, and skills to close that gap and build a solid foundation for a successful future.

Ensuring the Earliest Steps to Success For Infants, Toddlers and Pregnant Women

The path to success begins at birth so we support pregnant women with prenatal education to ensure they have access to all the medical and other services they need to give birth to a healthy baby. Then our bilingual Early Head Start program provides critical early childhood services to children from birth to 3 years old when their physical, educational and social-emotional development start. We support children in Family Child Care settings as well as providing Home-Based visiting services depending upon the needs of each family.

At each of our Family Child Care sites, up to four children explore a wide array of enriching social and educational activities as well as eat nutritious meals and snacks. Home visiting services focus on supporting parents as they learn to guide healthy child development and foster pre-literacy skills as well as nurture the parent-child relationship.


Children in both programs receive hearing, vision and dental screenings and families are provided with referrals to free/low-cost health clinics, food banks and other social services as needed.

Family & Parent Support 

  • Support and training for parents and families so they can fully participate in and contribute to the development of their children.
  • Referrals to job training, assistance with housing, access to health and mental health services, educational supports and other social services as needed.

To learn more about Early Head Start and participate, contact us.

Early Head Start bridges the achievement gap, so children from low-income families can start school with a solid educational foundation. We help their parents with parenting classes and access to services the family needs - from food stamps to ESL classes, from job training or healthcare.

Contact us to learn more

  • Carolyn De Los Santos
  • 917-993-1120
  • CDeLosSantos@RisingGround.org