EHS programs enhance children's physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development; assist pregnant women to access comprehensive prenatal and postpartum care and support parents.
Tri-County Early Head Start provides children and families with a variety of education services through Center Based
and Home Based
options. There are Center Based options in Berrien, Cass, and Van Buren Counties. The Home Based option is available in all 3 counties as well, with weekly one and one-half hour visits and twice monthly socialization experiences at a center location to help you and your child practice classroom skills.
Tri-County Early Head Start provides children with experiences that prepare them for future success in Head Start. The curriculum focuses on eleven domains of learning- physical health and development, social and emotional development, approaches to learning, language, literacy, mathematics, science, creative arts expression, logic and reasoning, social studies, and English language development.
Tri-County Early Head Start uses the Creative Curriculum, with other curricula added to support school readiness skills. Zoo-phonics is used to teach children letter sounds and names. Zoo-phonics gives each letter an animal name, sound and motion to address all styles of learning. Conscious Discipline is an approach to positive classroom guidance that includes social-emotional learning for children.
Early Head Start Center Based Option
There are centers located in Bangor, Cassopolis, Benton Harbor, and Watervliet. All Centers are year-round and offer a full day session. Hours vary at each location.
The center in Benton Harbor is located on Riverview Drive (In partnership with Bridges/Kinexus), offering a Parent Resource Center where families have computer access as well as community resources available.
The Bangor Center is located on Douglas Street (In partnership with Bangor Adult Education). Our center in Cassopolis is located in Frank Squires Elementary (In partnership with Adult Education).
The Watervliet Center is located on Lucinda Lane, (Previously St. Joseph's Catholic School) near Main Street.
Our Early Head Start Centers are designed to transition children to a Head Start Classroom as we are a 0-5 year program. Each Early Head Start center has a Head Start classroom in the same building or within a mile from it's location. We partner with families to ensure this transition is a positive experience.