CCRI’s Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership (EHS-CCP) is a federally funded program to help low-income families afford high-quality child care with health and mental health services and family supports. Early Head Start is available at participating child care centers and serves infants and toddlers whose families live at or below the poverty level in Mecklenburg County.
You're eligible to apply for Early Head Start - Child Care Partnership if:
- Your child is an infant, toddler, or 2-year-old
- Your family's income is equal to or below the federal poverty level
- Preferably, your family receives a child care subsidy voucher
Additionally, we encourage you to apply if:
- Your child has a disability or is being evaluated
- You are a foster parent
- Your family is homeless
- Your family receives TANF or SSI
- Families of children with special needs are also encouraged to apply! Children who are homeless or in foster care are categorically eligible.
Your family will benefit from:
- Full-day, full-year child care
- Small group size and low child-staff ratios
- Qualified early childhood teachers
- Free infant formula and diapers while at child care
- Healthy meals and snacks
- Developmentally appropriate instruction
- Developmental screenings
- Assessment to monitor children's progress
- Research based curriculum
- Parent activities and family services
Priority is given to children who are already receiving child care subsidy and currently enrolled at a CCRI EHS-CCP participating child care center.