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

    Locations

    • Little Coyotes at Crosswinds ACH
    • Little Dragons at Daniels Elementary
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  • What we offer

    • Year-round services
    • Group size: 8 children to 2 teachers
    • Healthy meals and snacks
    • Researched Based Curriculum
    • Highly trained staff
    • Screenings
    • Oral Health Services
    • Disability Services
    • Mental Wellness Support Services
    • Individualized high quality adult-child interactions
    • Family Support Services
    • Resources & Referrals
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  • Who is Eligible for Early Head Start?

    1. Recipients of TANF or SSI
    2. Foster Care Providers
    3. Homeless Families

    Your child may be eligible if:

    • Your family meets income guidelines OR
    • Your child has a disability or special needs
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2020 Poverty Guidelines for the 48 Contiguous States and the District of Columbia

For families/households with more than 8 persons, add $4, 160 for each additional person.
  • How Can I Enroll?

    For enrollment please contact Yolanda Shamlin-Shields at 972-522-2978.

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  • What Do I Need to Bring?

    Each family applying will have to provide the following income documents in order of priority:

    1. 1040, or 1040A income tax form which documents all of the family members in the household.
    2. 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.
    3. 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.
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  • Who Can I Contact?

    Yolanda Shamlin-Shields
    Little Coyotes & Little Dragons Learning Center Site Supervisor
    Phone: 972-522-2978
    Email: Yolanda.Shamlin-Shields@gpisd.org

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