Early Head Start
The goal is to offer an exemplary educational program for qualifying families with infants and toddlers (birth-3 years).
Early Head Start is a collaborative partnership between SER-Jobs for Progress and the Grand Prairie Independent School District serving individuals in Dallas County.
Purpose of Program
- Enhance children’s physical, social, emotional and cognitive development
- Enable parents to be better caretakers and teachers to their children
- Help parents meet their goals, including that of economic independence
Services Provided by Early Head Start
- Quality early education through the center or home-based program
- Parenting skills training for families with newborns and other infants
- Parent education, including parent-child activities
- Comprehensive health services including services to women before, during and after pregnancy; assistance with well-baby and well-child checkups
- Ongoing support for parents, referral to agencies in the community to meet specific needs and peer support groups
- Little Coyotes at Crosswinds ACH
- Little Dragons at Daniels Elementary
What we offer
- Year-round services
- Group size: 8 children to 2 teachers
- Healthy meals and snacks
- Researched Based Curriculum
- Highly trained staff
- Oral Health Services
- Disability Services
- Mental Wellness Support Services
- Individualized high quality adult-child interactions
- Family Support Services
- Resources & Referrals
Who is Eligible for Early Head Start?
- Recipients of TANF or SSI
- Foster Care Providers
- Homeless Families
Your child may be eligible if:
- Your family meets income guidelines OR
- Your child has a disability or special needs
2020 Poverty Guidelines for the 48 Contiguous States and the District of Columbia
How Can I Enroll?
For enrollment please contact Yolanda Shamlin-Shields at 972-522-2978.
What Do I Need to Bring?
Each family applying will have to provide the following income documents in order of priority:
- 1040, or 1040A income tax form which documents all of the family members in the household.
- Annual benefit statements such as: TANF, SSI, Social Security, Child Support, Foster Care Payment, and Unemployment compensation when applicant has been unemployed for the past twelve months.
- Families who receive cash benefits may submit a letter from their employer stating annual income of employee on company letterhead, signed, and dated by employer with the employer’s company address, and phone number. Letter must be notarized with a notary seal.
Other required documents are:
- Copy of child’s certified birth certificate.
- Copy of child’s social security card.
- Copy of child’s current immunization record.
- Copy of child’s lead screening form results.
- Copy of child’s medical insurance information.
- Copy of child’s physical exam.
- Copy of child’s dental exam.