I-CARE, Inc. Head Start is one of the largest early childhood education programs in Iredell and Catawba Counties serving 235 children.
We have established quality educational environments with a proven track record of serving low-income families.
Early Head Start
Children Age 0-3
Early Head Start (EHS) programs serve infants and toddlers under the age of 3, and pregnant women. EHS programs provide intensive comprehensive child development and family support services to low-income infants and toddlers and their families, and to pregnant women and their families.
Early Head Start programs provide family-centered services for low-income families with very young children. These programs are designed to promote the development of the children, and to enable their parents to fulfill their roles as parents and to move toward self-sufficiency.
Early Head Start programs provide similar services as preschool Head Start programs, but they are tailored for the unique needs of infants and toddlers. Early Head Start programs promote the physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development of infants and toddlers through safe and developmentally enriching caregiving. This prepares these children for continued growth and development and eventual success in school and life.
Early Head Start programs also mobilize the local community to provide the resources and environment necessary to ensure a comprehensive, integrated array of services and support for children and families.
Children Age 3-5
Unlike many traditional child care and other early education programs, Head Start focuses on preparing children for school, working to develop each child’s social and learning skills through:
High Quality Education
Family Case Management
Disability Services and Support
Mental Health Services for Children and Families
Health Screenings and assistance (Including Dental, Vision and Hearing)
Who Is Eligible for Head Start?
Head Start services offer free services to families who reside in Iredell and Catawba counties and meet federal low-income guidelines. Families who receive public assistance or other benefits may also be eligible.
For more information and/or to speak to a staff person, please call (704) 873-2858 in Iredell County or (828) 464-1108 in Catawba County.