Early Head Start (EHS) Program 

The Coalition received an Early Head Start grant serving 150 children from birth to 3 years of age in the most needed areas of the county, with Mr. Koffi Ahlijah as the Director of Early Head Start. Service areas include: Belle Glade (33430), Pahokee (33476), West Palm Beach (33401 and 33407), and Riviera Beach (33404).

The reauthorization of the Head Start Act in 1994 made it possible to establish Early Head Start as a program to serve infants and toddlers under the age of 3, and pregnant women. Early Head Start provides early, continuous, intensive, and comprehensive child development and family support services to low-income infants and toddlers and their families. 

For more Early Head Start program information, feel free to call (561) 600-9434. You may also send an e-mail inquiry by clicking here.


Upcoming Early Head Start (EHS) Parent Committee Meetings:





Early Learning Coalition Early Head Start (EHS) Provider Partner Sites

Belle Glade
Latonia Jackson FCCH
Wee Care Child Development Center

Elbony Jackson FCCH
Essie Snipe FCCH
Martha Smith FCCH
Vivian Morrison FCCH
Walkes-Watts FCCH

Riviera Beach
Cynthia Bedford FCCH
Eula Gray FCCH
Life Span of PBC
Mercy's Little Achievers
Nu Kidz Generation
Robinson’s Tiny Tot’s FCCH

West Palm Beach
Mary Morris FCCH
Mustard Seed FCCH
Neicykelis Tender Lovin'
The King’s Kids



The Goals of Early Head Start

  • To provide safe and developmentally enriching care giving which promotes the physical, cognitive, social and emotional development of infants and toddlers, and prepares them for future growth and development;
  • To support parents, both mothers and fathers, in their role as primary caregivers and teachers of their children, and families in meeting personal goals and achieving self sufficiency across a wide variety of domains;
  • To mobilize communities to provide the resources and environment necessary to ensure a comprehensive, integrated array of services and support for families;
  • To ensure the provision of high quality responsive services to family through the development of trained, and caring staff. The Principles of Early Head Start These principles are designed to nurture healthy attachments between parent and child (and child and caregiver), emphasize a strengths-based, relationship-centered approach to services, and encompass the full range of a family's needs from pregnancy through a child's third birthday. They include:
  • An Emphasis on High Quality which recognizes the critical opportunity of EHS programs to positively impact children and families in the early years and beyond.
  • Prevention and Promotion Activities that both promote healthy development and recognize and address atypical development at the earliest stage possible.
  • Positive Relationships and Continuity which honor the critical importance of early attachments on healthy development in early childhood and beyond. The parents are viewed as a child's first, and most important, relationship.
  • Parent Involvement activities that offer parents a meaningful and strategic role in the program's vision, services, and governance.
  • Inclusion strategies that respect the unique developmental trajectories of young children in the context of a typical setting, including children with disabilities.
  • Cultural competence which acknowledges the profound role that culture plays in early development. Programs also recognize the influence of cultural values and beliefs on both staff and families' approaches to child development. Programs work within the context of home languages for all children and families.
  • Comprehensiveness, Flexibility and Responsiveness of services which allow children and families to move across various program options over time, as their life situation demands.
  • Transition planning respects families' need for thought and attention paid to movements across program options and into—and out of—Early Head Start programs.
  • Collaboration is, simply put, central to an Early Head Start program's ability to meet the comprehensive needs of families. Strong partnerships allow programs to expand their services to families with infants and toddlers beyond the door of the program and into the larger community.



The Early Learning Coalition of Palm Beach County received an Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership (EHS-CCP) grant to serve 150 children from birth to three years of age in the most needed areas of the county in 2013. Early Head Start provides comprehensive child development and family support services to low-income infants and toddlers and their families. The grant serves children and their families in Belle Glade (33430), Pahokee (33476), Riviera Beach (33404), and West Palm Beach (33401 and 33407).  The Coalition partners with local providers in these communities to deliver the comprehensive services of Early Head Start with Coalition staff support.

The Early Learning Coalition of Palm Beach County Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership program is seeking to establish a list of prequalified child care centers and family child care homes in the communities listed above that meet or have the ability to meet the basic Head Start standards.  Successful applicants will be considered for the EHS-CCP program if spaces become vacant and funding is available.

Interested centers/family child care homes are invited to submit the Interest Application following the link below, to be considered for potential slot availability. Submitted applications will be reviewed, scored, and results will be sent via email to each provider applicant.  Submittal of an application does not guarantee that an applicant will be awarded a contract. The application can only be submitted once, please make sure to answer all question and review before submitting!

Applications will be accepted until January 31st, 2018, at 4PM. Applications received after that time will not be considered. For questions, please e-mail EHSCCP@elcpalmbeach.org. Answers to questions will be posted to the ELC website within three (3) business days.




Note: If you submitted an application during the last procurement in October 2017, you must reapply to be considered for the new review.

Contact Us



Parents: (561) 514-3300

Providers/Administrative: (561) 214-8000
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Special Notice: If you require Americans with Disabilities Act accommodations to participate in any ELCPBC event or activity, please notify Christie Young, Single Point of Contact, by phone at 561-214-7424 or by email at christie.young@elcpalmbeach.org within at least seven (7) days of the event.  Accommodations will be provided at no extra charge.