Early Head Start Home-Based

Early Head Start is a weekly home-based, Home Visitation no cost program for eligible families with pregnant women, infants, and toddlers (ages 0-3).

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Program Services

Home-based Services

Early Head Start offers a home-based service for infants, toddlers, and pregnant women. Once a week, a trained Family Advocate comes into the family’s home for ninety minutes, to offer fun activities, services and information. The Family Advocate may focus on child development, health and safety, nutrition, reading with your child, parent education, pre-natal health education, transportation support, etc. During home visits the Family Advocate will bring activities and information that focus on goals set by the family, which are based on the individual family’s needs and interests.

To promote health and wellness in our families, we follow well-baby checks, dental exams, and immunization to encourage and educate families on prevention, early identification, and intervention. Families are given support, information, and referrals to social services that meet the needs of the family.

Socialization Activities

Families participate in different activities, interact with their peers and participate in community learning during socializations. Through our home-based program we offer one activity at our building twice a month, at different times to meet the needs of our families. During socializations, at the Early Head Start building, we offer a family style meal. Once a month families enjoy a community activity and all entrance fees are covered by Early Head Start. Transportation support can be provided to families as needed and when available.

Parent Committee

Parent Committee meetings give the families an opportunity to voice their opinions, make decisions about the activities for the program, and develop leadership skills. Through the Policy Council and Parent Committee, parents and other community representatives actively participate in the shared decision-making process concerning program design and implementation.

Policy Council

Through the Policy Council and Parent Committee, parents and other community representatives actively participate in the shared decision-making process concerning program design and implementation.

Enrollment

Eligibility

Early Head Start is a no cost program for families that have a child under three years old or pregnant women. Families must meet the federal criteria for low-income. A pregnant woman is counted as two people when calculating the number in household. Extended family living in the home are not considered part of the family when calculating eligibility of family. Ten percent of the families enrolled in Early Head Start may have income that is over the Federal Criteria for low-income.

Process

Early Head Start receives referrals from several sources; community, TANF, and other agencies. Once Early Head Start receives a referral, the family is contacted and given more detailed information about the program. An application appointment is set. The family is asked to provide immunization records, birth certificate, and income verification with the application. After a family fills out an application they are placed on a waiting list. The family is notified when there is an opening in Early Head Start. Since we are a year round program and do not follow traditional school schedules a family may be contacted at any time during the year.

Frequently Asked Questions

Find out more about DDI Vantage Early Head Start by reviewing some common questions about this program:

2020 HHS Poverty Guidelines

Persons In Family Unit**

  • 1 person - $12,760
  • 2 people - $17,240
  • 3 people - $21,720
  • 4 people - $26,200
  • 5 people - $30,680
  • 6 people - $35,160
  • 7 people - $39,640
  • 8 people - $44,120

For each additional person, add $4,480.

  • *Applicants must qualify based on these income guidelines. Some exceptions may apply. These guidelines are used from 8/1/2018 to 7/31/2019 and pertain to 48 Contiguous States and D.C.
  • **Pregnant Women Count as Two Persons

Enrollment priority is given to families that face certain risks or difficulties, including teen parents, housing concerns, parents' education less than 8th grade, language barriers, foster child, single parent, and/or developmental delays.

Contact Us

DDI Vantage Early Head Start Locations

Taylorsville
5287 South 4015 West
Taylorsville, Utah 84129
Phone: (801) 966-0497
Fax: (801) 966-0821

Murray
565 East 4500 South, Ste A200
Salt Lake City, Utah 84107
Phone: (801) 268-0056
Fax: (801) 268-1319

Tooele
167 South Main
Tooele, Utah 84074
Phone: (435) 882-3439
Fax: (435) 882-0118

Program Coordinator

Martha Velasco
Email:
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