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
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.