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Grant allows for additional children to apply

 

 

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Mountain States Early Head Start has received a federal Health and Human Services grant which will allow the program to expand services to additional families in northern Kootenai and eastern Bonner counties.  Early Head Start provides child development, health and social services and information to low income pregnant women, infants and toddlers up to age three through home visits and parent/child groups.  Ten additional children and pregnant women will be enrolled in the Clark Fork–Hope area and 30 children and pregnant women in the Hauser, Rathdrum, Athol, Spirit Lake area.   Applications for enrollment are currently being taken but services will begin in the expansion areas later in the spring.

MSEHS has provided comprehensive Early Head Start services to children and families for the past 11 years and currently has centers in Coeur d’Alene and Sandpoint with 25 employees.  The program is governed and guided by the Mountain States Group Board and a local Policy Council, which is made up of a majority of parents enrolled in the program.  Policy Council is also an opportunity for parents to learn valuable leadership skills including planning, budgeting, monitoring, advocating and working with others.

Early Head Start provides early preparation for school for children, personal and family development and community capacity building.  Through program home visits and parent groups pregnant women learn about nutrition and health during pregnancy, fetal development, how to reduce risks to the developing baby, preparing for birth and becoming a parent.  After the child is born parents learn about child development and parenting and children receive developmental, vision, hearing, health and nutrition screenings and referrals for services as needed.  There are opportunities for adults to develop relationships with other adults and for children to interact with children and adults in a variety of settings.  Families identify the support they receive from EHS staff as one of the most important aspects of the program services.

All types of families are enrolled including foster families, grandparents raising grandchildren, single moms and dads, teen parents and more traditional families.  Enrollment is entirely voluntary and is free to enrolled families. 

Applications for enrollment in Early Head Start are available by calling 208-263-2569 (Bonner County) or 208-765-6955 (Kootenai County).

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